Cleric Says 3-Year-Old Child 'Asked to be Raped' Because of her Clothing
Claims the way she dressed was to blame for her rape
A cleric has caused uproar after leaping to the defense of a pedophile who murdered and raped a 3-year-old girl, to say that the child was to blame for her attack, because of the "way she dressed".
Yemeni MP and cleric Abdullah al-Adaini, who's known for his provocative speeches, after publishing a post on his public Facebook page entitled "clothing of young girls is a gateway to rape" in which he cited the case where the young girl had been raped in the capital Sanaa just days earlier.
The comments caused outrage following his suggestion that the child rapist "wasn't to blame" for his crimes because the toddler "asked to be raped" by wearing "absurd" clothing.
His post went on to say:
"How many young girls have been raped due to the effects their clothing has had on the human animals [who rape them],"
"The result [of these clothes] is a girl living in the ruins of psychological conditions, deformities or death."
TNA reports: Social media users slammed the comments made, accusing the cleric of justifying rape and spreading extremist views in his home city of Taiz.
Prominent Yemeni journalist Mustafa Rajeh responded in a Facebook post stating the views shared by the cleric is "equal to twenty such disgusting crimes".
Meanwhile, Hind al-Eryani, a popular Yemeni activist said:
"The only place for such a man would be in a prison cell in countries that respect human rights."
"The people of Taiz should arrest him for justifying the rape children,"
Al-Adaini's post comes days after a three-year-old Yemeni girl was raped in the capital Sana'a on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, and a court in southeast Sanaa on Sunday sentenced a man for the murder and rape of the young girl.
The Yemeni Organisation for the Prevention of Human Trafficking on its Facebook social networking site said that the court sentenced the rapist to death by hanging in a public square.
The perpetrator, identified as Mohammed al-Maghrabi, pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the girl in his hut in the south of the capital Sana'a on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
Local activists and citizens identified the defendant as he walked through the streets of Dhamar and authorities arrested him two days later.