Hello STER readers, one of our readers sent this article to me. I thought I should share it with you (though it’s not new) and yea, you will be startled! Come to think of it, is religion promoting rape? Read more…
In the City of Wassenberg in Western Germany a woman has been found guilty of seducing and raping eight men in the first case of its kind in Europe. Maria Heidelsohn aged 18 alleges that on the afternoon of August 23rd she was pulled away by eight men from the porch she was sun bathing on and carried into a small shed in which she was brutally and repeatedly gang raped. Heidelsohn alleges that she cried for help repeatedly until she was bound and gagged, she then claims that she was beaten severely and both of her arms and one leg were broken.
Wassenbeg Police Chief Abdullah Al Hussein contends that there is no evidence Heidelsohn did not injure herself or ask a friend to injure her in order to attempt to frame up her alleged attackers. The Police Chief noted that no male adult Muslim men saw the attack occur to corroborate her story despite the area being largely Muslim. In the large German town new legislation passed overwhelmingly last year stipulates that four adult male Muslim witnesses are necessary in order to corroborate any charges made by a woman in accordance with traditional Islamic jurisprudence.
The Judge in Maria Heidelsohn’s case the Honourable Muhammed Akbar Khan himself a German of Pakistani Muslim ancestry announced in his decision “I have generously given Maria Heidelsohn four days for any eligible adult male Muslim witnesses to step forward in her case yet none have done so. It is indisputable that Maria Heidelsohn was wearing a revealing bathing suit, in fact a bikini at the time, she therefore encouraged and invited sexual advances from all men within sight of her. It is very clear that she was attempting wrongly and as the harlot to engage in the seduction game. In fact it is she who is the rapist in this case seducing men who were unable to withstand the lure of her indecency, corrupting good and devout Muslim men luring them into the sin of fornication through her gaze and uncovered state.” The eight men of Pakistani origin range in age from 18-35 and were released by authorities immediately after the ruling.
Heidelsohn has been sentenced to life in prison prompting outrage among local Muslims who insist that she should have received the death penalty for besmirching the names of several good Muslim family men, at last two of whom are studying to become clerics. Judge Akbar Khan has given the recommended stipulation that Heidelsohn can reduce her sentence to six months if she converts to Islam while in prison and agrees to marry one of the men she seduced and raped.
Radical right-wing German political parties with neo-Nazi symapthies and Islamophobic hate groups have seized upon the case of Maria Heidelsohn as evidence that multi-culturalism is failing in Germany. Germany’s largest political parties have conferred with German Muslim leaders and agreed to introduce stronger legislation to combat the rise of Islamophobia and racism across Europe and Germany in particular. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed increased government surveillance and censorship of the media including television, newspapers, magazines and even online blogs in order to prevent the propagation of racist stereotypes and hate speech especially that of an Islamophobic nature.
Although several Muslim leaders did meet with Merkel, a small number of the clerics who were invited refused citing her gender and stating that it would be inappropriate for them to be talking with a woman. The clerics have made a counter offer instead agreeing to speak with Merkel’s husband. There is no word yet on whether or not Chancellor Merkel’s husband will meet with the Islamic leaders.
Racial and religious tension is at all time high in Germany as just last month a German youth offered half of a ham sandwich to a Muslim classmate who had forgotten his lunch. Muslim leaders believe that the six year old child was deliberately mocking Islam and was not ignorant of the fact that pork is forbidden for Muslims. Maria Heidelsohn’s lawyer states that she plans to appeal the case and refers to it as “A travesty of justice that would have been unthinkable anywhere in Europe just a few years ago. We really need to ask ourselves what sort of a society this is becoming. Of course I condemn racism and Islamophobia but we need to recognize that tolerance must be a two way street.”