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Hena Akhter’s last words to her mother proclaimed her integrity. Be that as it may, it was past the point where it was possible to save the 14-year-old young lady.

Her kindred villagers in Bangladesh’s Shariatpur neighbourhood had as of now passed harsh suffering on her. Liable, they announced, of having an unsanctioned relationship with a married man. The imam of the village mosque demanded the fatwa or religious law, and the penalty, 101 lashes conveyed instantly, intentionally in broad daylight.

Hena dropped after 70.

Bleeding and wounded, she was taken to a doctor’s facility, where she passed away seven days after the fact.

Amazingly, an underlying medical report pointed to no injuries and deemed her death a suicide. Hena’s mother and father demanded her body be laid uncovered. They needed the world to know what in fact happened to their little girl.

Hena’s mother and father hailed from rustic Shariatpur, mismatched by murky waterways that loan waters to rice paddies and lush vegetable fields.

Hena was the youngest looking of five children destined to Darbesh Khan, a day worker, and his meaningful other, Aklima Begum. They shared a home built making use of corrugated tin and decomposing timber and had a basic life that was abruptly destroyed a year earlier with the arrival of Hena’s cousin Mahbub Khan.

Mahbub Khan came back to Shariatpur from a spell working in Malaysia. His child was Hena’s age and the two were in seventh grade together.

Khan centered on Hena and started harassing her on her way to school and back, declared Hena’s father. He complained to the elders, who controlled the village about his nephew, three times Hena’s age.

The elders warned Mahbub Khan and ordered him to pay $1,000 in costs to Hena’s mother and father. Nonetheless, Mahbub was Darbesh’s elder brother’s son and Darbesh was asked to let the thing rest.

Many months later on a winter night, as Hena’s sister Alya described it, Hena was walking from her room to an outside toilet when Mahbub Khan suppressed her with cloth, took her behind nearby bushes and beat and molested her.

Hena attempted to get away, Alya stated. Mahbub Khan’s wife overheard Hena’s faint cries and when she discovered Hena with her husband, she pulled the young girl back to her hut, beat her and trampled her on the floor.

The next day, the village elders gathered to discuss the case at Mahbub Khan’s house. The imam declared fatwa, and Khan and Hena were found guilty of an illicit association. Her sentence under sharia or Islamic ruling was 101 lashes, Mahbub 201.

Mahbub Khan succeeded in getting away after the first few lashes.

Darbesh Khan and Aklima Begum had no option but to heed the imam’s request. They watched as the lash tore the skin of their young daughter and she fell motionless to the ground.

What happened to Hena is horrifying, and we all should be ashamed that we couldn’t preserve her life. It’s a vile loss of a life, and it makes your hair curl to think that another human being can do anything so dishonorable in the eyes of any god.

What spiritual being would approve of this kind of act towards another human being is beyond me. This is quite simply relentless harm on another human being, though not unusual in these lands, although, it is extraordinary that anyone could think that this sort of behaviour is normal.

I understand that people act in various ways in different lands, however, murder is murder however you look at it, and to then lie about it after is simply true evil.

Bangladesh is viewed a liberal and moderate Muslim nation, and the national law forbids the use of sharia. Nonetheless, activist and reporter Shoaib Choudhury, who reports such situations, declared sharia is still very much in use in villages and urban neighbourhoods helped by the lack of education and a solid legal structure.

The Supreme Court further banned fatwas a decade ago, though human rights monitors have reported more than 500 cases of women in those 10 years who were punished through a religious decision. Together with the not so many who have declared such decisions have been changed.

Last month, the court urged the government to describe what it had done to put an end to extrajudicial punishment established on the fatwa. It ordered the spread of information to all mosques and madrassas, or religious buildings, that sharia is illegal in Bangladesh.

The government requires making a particular legislation to dispense with such perpetrators accountable for extrajudicial execution in the name of Islam.

Sharia law or Islamic law is the holy law forming part of the Islamic culture. It is taken from the religious teachings of Islam, especially the Quran and the Hadith. In Arabic, the word sharīʿah relates to God’s divine law and is contrasted with figh, which refers to its learned explanations.

The method of its use in present-day times has been a topic of discussion among Muslim traditionalists and reformists.

The traditional hypothesis of Islamic law distinguishes four sources of sharia, the Quran, sunnah (authentic hadith), qiyas (analogical reasoning), and Irma (juridical consensus). Different legal schools, of which the most notable are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali, and Jafari, developed methodologies for obtaining sharia rulings from religious origins using a system known as ijtihad.

The traditional law differentiates two principle branches of law, Ibadan (rituals) and mu’amalat (social relations), which collectively consist of a wide span of subjects. Its laws allocate actions to one of five classifications, obligatory, recommended, permitted, abominated, and forbidden.

Consequently, some areas of sharia overlay with the Western concept of law whilst others correspond more broadly to living life in accordance with God’s will.

Historically, sharia was explained by self-governing judges (muftis). Their legal opinions (fatwas) were taken into account by ruler-appointed judges who chaired over quadi’s courts, and by mazalim courts, which were controlled by the ruler’s council and administered the criminal law.

Ottoman leaders attained added control over the legal structure by declaring their own judicial system (qanun) and turning muftis into state workers. Non-Muslim (dhimmi) communities had legal autonomy, except in matters of inter-confessional conflicts, which fell under the jurisdiction of quadi’s courts.

The purpose of sharia has become a disputed issue throughout the world, and efforts to force it on non-Muslims have created inter-communal brutality in Nigeria and may have contributed to the breakup of Sudan.

Some Muslim-minority countries in Asia, such as Israel, Africa, and Europe still recognise the effectiveness of sharia-based family laws for their Muslim communities, and there are continuing disputes as to whether sharia is congenial with secular forms of government, human rights, freedom of thought, and women’s rights.

It is true that we should be allowed to follow what we want, however, it becomes improper and way behind the times when somebody is being mistreated and murdered by this process. It is old-fashioned and should no longer be an option.

It might have been given to the Muslim people through thousands of years of teachings via their holy pious text, however, presently it contradicts itself in the 21st century, and people of that society must begin by opening their sights and observing that sharia is way behind the times and that boundaries have to be built.

The United Nations predicts that almost half of Bangladeshi women endure domestic cruelty and many further frequently suffer molestation, floggings, acid attacks and even death because of the nation’s entrenched patriarchal system.

Hena might have quietly become another one of those statistics had it not been for the objection and media recognition that accompanied her death on January 31.

The doctors responsible for Hena’s first post-mortem now face prosecution for what a court declared a fraudulent post-mortem report to conceal the real cause of Hena’s passing.

Public anger sparked by that post-mortem statement induced the high court to request the exhumation of Hena’s body in February. A second post-mortem carried out at Dhaka Medical College Hospital reported Hena had died of internal bleeding and that she displayed the signs of harsh injuries.

Police are at the moment handling an inquiry and have arrested some people, including Mahbub Khan, in connection with Hena’s death.

Darbesh Khan can do nothing else but to ask for justice for his daughter’s death. He took a reporter to the place where his daughter was abducted, and the night she was sexually attacked, where he stood in quietness and took a long gulp of air, she wasn’t even old enough to be married.

Hena’s mother, Aklima, stared vacantly as she talked about her daughter’s last hours, she could barely get the words out. Her daughter was innocent.

Police were guarding Hena’s parents earlier this month because Darbesh and Aklima feared revenge for having spoken out against the imam and the village elders. They had given out the most stringent punishment for their youngest daughter, and they could put nothing past them.

The whole account puts an obnoxious taste in your mouth, and the people that did this terrible thing to this young girl should be penalised and held accountable for what wrong they have done. It will not alter the fact that this girl is dead, but hopefully, it will change things, and make this terrible law void, for good.

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