Bangladesh: Catholic priest decries brutal punishments under Islamic law
February 03, 2011
In Bangladesh, a spokesman for the Catholic bishops’ justice-and-peace commission has condemned the common practice of imposing corporal punishments under Islamic law.
“People need to be aware that prevailing laws in the country don’t allow punishment according to Islamic laws,” said Father Albert Thomas Rozario, The practice is nevertheless common in rural areas, and produces clear violations of human rights, he said.
Father Rozario cited the case of a 14-year-old girl who died after receiving 100 lashes under the sentence of a fatwa from local Islamic leaders. The punishment was imposed for her “crime” of being a victim of rape.
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