Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a popular Islamic preacher and television guest, doubted the virginity of his 5 year old daughter. This is the claimed excuse for raping, torturing and killing her.
Lamia al-Ghamdi (or Lama) was admitted to the hospital on Dec 25, 2011, with multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken back, and indications that she had been “raped everywhere”. There was an attempt to burn her rectum shut. She died on the following Oct 22nd.
The father served a short time in jail, but was released upon paying a fine,200,000 riyals ($50,000 US) of blood money, to the nearest kin. Activists in Saudi Arabia are protesting the light sentence.
Lamia’s death is said to serve as punishment, and this justified the light sentence for her father. Islamic law does not permit execution for a male who murders his children or wife.
The scary thought is if al Ghamdi has a wife or wives remaining with him.
“The women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif and others issued a press release on Feb 2, and launched a Twitter campaign using the hashtags #AnaLama (Arabic for “I am Lama”) and #IamLama, demanding legislation criminalizing violence against women and children.”