Source: Toronto Star
They claim she is around 20 years old, but reports suggest she could me much younger than that. More disgust brought to you by Sharia Law. Under Islamic rule, adulterers are to be put to death. However, women are often accused and sentenced for adultury even if they are raped. 4 male witnesses are required to back up her claim, or else she will be stoned. Islam treats women like sh*t.
Verses from Islamic literature which say for a woman to be stoned to death for adultury (h/t TROP)
Bukhari (6:60:79) – Two people guilty of “illegal intercourse” are brought to Muhammad, who commands that they both be stoned. Apparently their act was out of love, however, since the verse records the man as trying to shield the woman from the stones.
Bukhari (83:37) – Adultery is one of three justifications for killing a person, according to Muhammad.
Muslim (17:4196) – A married man confesses that he has adultery (four times, as required). Muhammad orders him planted in the ground and pelted with stones. According to the passage, the first several stones caused such pain that he tried to escape and was dragged back.
Muslim (17:4206) – A woman who became pregnant confesses to Muhammad that she is guilty of adultery. Muhammad allows her to have the child, then has her stoned (the description is graphic).
Muslim (17:4209) – A woman confesses adultery and is stoned to death on Muhammad’s order.
Ibn Ishaq (970) – “The adulterer must be stoned.” These words were a part of Muhammad’s farewell address to his people on the occasion of his final pilgrimage to Mecca.
KHARTOUM—A Sudanese woman, believed to be around 20, has been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery, and is being held near Khartoum, shackled in prison with her baby son, rights groups and lawyers said on Thursday. Campaigners condemned the ruling, saying it violated international standards and raised concerns that Sudan might start applying sharia, or Islamic law, more strictly following the secession of mostly non-Muslim South Sudan last year. The woman, Intisar Sharif Abdalla, was sentenced by the Ombada criminal court on April 22, court documents seen by Reuters showed. Two lawyers assigned to her case, who declined to be named, said they were launching an appeal adding Abdalla appeared to be under severe psychological strain. “She’s in dire need of a psychiatrist because she appears to be in a state of shock from the social and family pressures she’s under,” one lawyer said.
Abdalla was illiterate and did not have a lawyer or interpreter in the courtroom, although Arabic is not her native language, the lawyers and activists added. Arabic is the main language in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation, though a wide range of smaller languages are also spoken, particularly in tribal areas. It was unclear where Abdalla came from. Officials in Sudan’s justice and information ministries said they could not immediately comment on the case when Reuters contacted them by phone. Abdalla’s exact age has not been confirmed, but activists said she was believed to be around 20, although some reports indicated she could be younger. “The case certainly raises concerns about how judges are interpreting and applying the laws of Sudan,” Jehanne Henry, a senior research at advocacy group Human Rights Watch, said.
Floggings are a common punishment in Sudan for crimes like drinking alcohol and adultery. But sentences of stoning are rare. Following a 1989 coup, Sudan introduced laws that took sharia as their main source and hosted militants including Osama bin Laden. While the government has since sought to improve its image internationally by distancing itself from radical Islamists, it is still one of only a few countries to list death by stoning in its statutes. In 2010, Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said the country would adopt a fully Islamic constitution following the secession of the south, agreed under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. Most people in South Sudan are Christian or follow traditional African beliefs. The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), a network of civil society groups, said Abdalla was still in danger despite the appeal. “Although this appeal is in process, Intisar ostensibly remains at risk of being stoned and in real terms, her life is still very much on the line,” it said in a statement. In 2010, the case of Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese UN official, sparked international anger when she was sentenced to flogging for wearing trousers.
Fahima Hashim, a women’s rights activist following Abdalla’s case, said sentences were often inconsistent in Sudan because the legal system gave authority to judges to decide punishments. Previous stoning sentences had not been carried out, she said. Hashim called for the reform of articles in Sudan’s criminal code which she said harm women’s rights, including one used in Abdalla’s case. As long as this article remained unchanged, execution by stoning would not be out of the question, she said. “It’s a threat. It could happen.”