Only 15 Years Jail For Incest Rapist!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the depressing incident in which two rapists only got 3 and 5 years for raping a teenager.  As I scanned the GDN yesterday, I noticed another story about a pedophile.  Here’s the article taken from our local English newspaper:

A BAHRAINI, who repeatedly raped his two nieces over a course of a year, was yesterday sentenced to 15 years in prison.  The 24-year-old, who was standing trial at the Higher Criminal Court, was accused of raping the six- and seven-year-olds.

The man, who lives with his brother, would play with the children in their room, according to court documents.  After the parents went to sleep he used to go to the children’s room and play with them and then rape them, it was stated.

The man had been committing the crime for a year until the parents found out and reported him to police.  “My eldest daughter came to me one day crying and told me that she was in pain,” said the children’s mother in initial statements.

“I took her to the doctor, who informed me that she was wounded and had been raped. I was shocked and I called my husband and told him and I went back home and sat down with my daughter.

“I asked her how this happened and she said that she and her sister were playing with their uncle, who always hurt them while playing with them.”  The father of the victims went to the police station and filed a case against his brother.

Say what you will about the GDN, at least they’re bringing these stories out.  Allow me to share my thoughts on this; first, of course I think 15 years is too little.  But hey, it’s better than just 3 or 5 years, as we saw in the previous story.  And why the big difference?  My guess is that because in the last story the victim was older (13 years), and maybe even perceived as promiscuous.  We obviously don’t know enough about the case, but there have been judges that laid blame on victims.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case with the first victim, but I don’t really know that.

Another reason might be that this crime is incestuous, and therefore perceived as more serious.  Who knows? My opinion is that child rape/abuse crimes should get the harshest punishments possible, 15 years in my opinion is not enough.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, and driving you crazy with this point, it bears repeating that most incidences of child abuse happen by some one the child knows.  And cases of family members abusing/raping children are not uncommon.  I suggest being weary of anyone – including family members – who want to spend a lot of time with your kids.  Listen, it happens in the best of families, and yes even in Arab, Islamic societies.

I think the word “rape” deserves further consideration.  Most child molesters (but not all) rarely rape their victims in the traditional sense.  Most will look for children who have low self-esteem, and are hungry for attention, and slowly over time (weeks, months or even years) seduce their victims.

If an adult can seduce another adult, then really a child has little chance against an adult.  Most molesters become the child’s “friend” or confidant before doing anything.  So the “rape” may have happened slowly over a prolonged period of time.  I just mention this for clarification, not justification.

I think the parents did the right thing in having the girl checked, and reporting the uncle.  Some parents refuse to press charges against a molesting family member.  They may not believe the child, or want to preserve the family’s reputation.  Ridiculous.

I think Bahrain needs a national strategy to combat child molestation.  As far as I am aware, there is a child protection law, and some sort of official centre (not Be Free, which receives no government financial support) and/or police force.  But from what I heard – and I don’t claim to have heard the full story – they are not really active, and have been put in place to make the country look good internationally.  One thing is for sure, they don’t seem to be active, as I don’t see them in the media and can’t even find them on Google.

The national strategy should include laws (that are implemented), a special police force (that is highly trained), a special court (again, with specialised training), counselling centres, a hotline, and lots and lots of educational seminars all over the country.  I think our biggest disadvantage is the lack of education and awareness in this field, which is also the child molester’s greatest weapon.  Parents, teachers, care takers and especially children know next to nothing about the dangers of child molestation.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing people and organisations that are doing the best they can to combat this scourge, and God bless them for that, but I’m talking about a comprehensive strategy on a national level.  I think there should even be a specific school curriculum that teaches child protection and anti-abuse techniques to children.

I look forward to the day when we stop reading these depressing news stories.  And if they do come up from time to time, I hope at least we’ll also read about harsh punishments.

Talk to you soon.

8 Responses to Only 15 Years Jail For Incest Rapist!

  1. Vandana 26 October 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    When a society fails to enforce uniform,codified laws f0r all its people(citizens and the expats)then these kind of judgments will continue to baffle us.If you follow all news stories you will realise that if the rapist is an Asian expat,the sentences are longer and justice swift with deportation as the final punishment but if the rapist is a local(whether in UAE or Bahrain)then the sentences are sometimes just limited to a fine or a sentence of a few months.More laughable still are the incidents of rapists ‘marrying’ their victims…as long as there are different strokes for different blokes,crimes like these(against the most vulnerable people in our society)will continue unabated.

  2. Jonathon 27 October 2010 at 3:52 am #

    People need to be made an example off. There are incidents in life when capital punishment is pointless when compared to the crime. There should be a public torturing session for a week.

    Only when examples are made from such people then such animals would be deterred.

    Again when there is a considerable amount of nepotism that things like this happen.

    15 yrs is nothing. I hope he gets raped on a daily basis in jail which i’m sure will happen.

  3. Umair 27 October 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    hi everybody i read this story and my heart is crying badly may Allah Give them strength to tackle this problem amen & I do pray that May Allah give him punishment…. just wondering he even didn’t thought for a second that they are my nieces damn!! Man….. I think those people are not that dangerous who are illiterate but those who study well belong to good families and act like uneducated people this is dangerous… I don’t know how their parents raise them… it is totally depending on children’s grounding…

    Anyways I gotta rush

    Nice to read your thoughts and nice meeting you all

    Thanks & best regards

    Umair Hassan

  4. Iva 27 October 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    I can’t explain with simple words my feelings after reading about this in the newspaper!!! I am shocked, terrified, disgusted and utterly scared!!! I still cant contemplate how such horrible monsters do get away with 15 years only (which after some time will be even reduced)
    It horrifies me to imagine what was the life for these innocent kids for all these months. Thanks God their torture is over!!!

    I fully agree with Suhail about the national educational campaign and organization to prevent this from happening. Do you think we should do something to provoke the Government to do it sooner? Do we need to write a petition with suggestions for law changes regarding child molestation??

    I have seen billboards around the country from the Social Ministry – with hotlines for reporting child abuse and wonder if they have ever come up with strategy on preventing child molestation. Does anybody know anything about that?

  5. Um Maryam 27 October 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    This is just one problem out of the many that the whole world is facing, be it rape, illicit relations, divorce, broken houses…. and the list goes on… Where should we find the solution??? Even the most developed nations have failed to provide an effective solution. In fact the ratio of such crimes are many times more there than these countries. The more we try to follow man made rules…. the more our society is morally degrading. Then where do we go for answers…???? Try to remember who created us… Obviously he has to give the solutions for all the troubleshooting problems that his manufactured goods (we humans) can face… A manual for our guidance regarding our problems…. What would happen if you fail to follow the manual instructions of a gadget that you’ve purchased, nothing but chaos. Similarly this world is in utter chaos and can be brought to peace with only his manual that he has sent for all of humanity.
    Peace to all

  6. Kamel 28 October 2010 at 9:02 am #

    Sorry I dont believe a rapist should ever be permitted to live within a society, recently we encountered a very strange case when a young man who has been accused of rape several times and every time that he left jail he rape someone and ended up going back. It was sad to hear that his last crime was raping a little boy in the mosque on eid day and killing the boy after his bazzar act.

    How can such people be accepted in society? they are always a treat whereever they live. I beleive any person who is accused of such crime should be sentence to death or a life imprisonment.

    Letting such people back in society after being convicted of such crime is the worse thing that we could do.

    I am proud to say that I beleive that any person who is convicted of such crime should face capital punishment.

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