There. are. no. words.
Muslim Girl, 14, Lashed to Death for Alleged Adultery Jonathon M. Seidl, Blaze
- 14-year-old Hena Akhter was found guilty of adultery and sentenced to 101 public lashes under Shariah law.
- She died from being flogged — despite Shariah law being outlawed in Bangladesh — but doctors tried to cover that up.
- Her family claims she was raped by a cousin.
- Police are now investigating the incident.
Up until her last breath, young Hena Akhter declared her innocence. But that didn’t matter. The 14-year-old Bangladeshi Muslim girl was lashed to death, accused of adultery.
The imam at the local mosque said she was guilty of having an affair with a married man. Her family said she was raped. The imam disagreed. He ordered a fatwa: 101 public lashes. She lasted only 70.
Bloodied and bruised, she was taken to hospital, where she died a week later.
Amazingly, an initial autopsy report cited no injuries and deemed her death a suicide. Hena’s family insisted her body be exhumed. They wanted the world to know what really happened to their daughter. [...]
Hena was the youngest of five children born to Darbesh Khan, a day laborer, and his wife, Aklima Begum. They shared a hut made from corrugated tin and decaying wood and led a simple life that was suddenly marred a year ago with the return of Hena’s cousin Mahbub Khan.
Mahbub Khan came back to Shariatpur from a stint working in Malaysia. His son was Hena’s age and the two were in seventh grade together.