King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: Imprison Fayhan Al Ghamdi for the brutal rape, torture, and murder of his 5 year old daughter.
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1. A father raped, tortured, and murdered his 5 year old daughter, justifying his actions by claiming he did not believe she was a virgin (remember, she was 5 years old). He crushed her skull and broke her back while raping her. During the rape he ripped her anus and then attempted to burn it shut, all while she was still living. I cannot imagine a more deplorable act and one more worthy of severe punishment.
2. Islamic law may or may not provide protection for fathers who murder their children, but there is no doubt Islamic law does not provide protection for fathers who rape their daughters. Islamic law is not being correctly applied in this situation. Ordering this monster to pay $50,000 in blood money to the mother and relatives of his daughter is not a fitting punishment for this heinous crime, and to say that this crime was dealt with according to Islamic law is a direct insult to Islam.
3. This case sets a dangerous precedence for future cases in Saudi Arabia, in that if a father wants to escape prosecution for raping his daughter, he can murder her in order to protect himself. Please do not let this child's death be completely in vain: her story can protect others from the same horrible fate.
4. The world is watching. For this absolutely barbaric, disgusting act to go unpunished reflects extremely poorly on your country and brings shame upon yourself as a leader of the people. Saudi Arabia has been battling the Western perception of the country as a savage place where women and girls are abused without consequence. This story takes that negative image to an entirely different level, and will not be tolerated by the international community.
I appeal to you as a fellow human being to carry out justice in the name of this innocent little girl. Her name was Lama, and at the very least her memory deserves your attention to this matter.
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