It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex.
But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an “honor killing” in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.
This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her refuge and returned her to her family, despite complaints from women’s activists that she was likely to be killed.
Y ello a pesar de que el mulá había ofrecido casarse con ella, pero después de decir que la niña era mayor y que el sexo fue consentido, a pesar de que la niña sufrió una rotura de la fístula, esto es de la separación entre la vagina y el recto.