Teenage Somali Rape Victim Stoned To Death For Adultery

Aisha Ibrahim Dhuhulow was stoned to death by a mob in a public execution after being found guilty of adultery by an Islamic court in the southern port city of Kismayo, which was taken over by radical Islamists in August.

The victim was buried up to her neck before a group of men in the crowd pelted her head with stones, but according to rights groups, it later emerged that she was only 13 and was raped by three men.

UNICEF said she had been walking some distance and was on her way to visiting her grandmother when she was raped by three men in the Kismayo area.

“Following the assault, she sought protection from the authorities, who then accused her of adultery and sentenced her to death,” the organisation said.

“This is a tragic and deplorable incident. A child was victimised twice – first by the perpetrators of the rape and then by those responsible for administering justice,” said UNICEF Representative for Somalia Christian Balslev-Olesen.

“The incident highlights the extreme vulnerability of girls and women in Somalia,” the statement went on, explaining that sexual and gender-based violence was exacerbated by chronic conflict and displacement.

Source: The Australian


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