"Women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground..."
18-year-old Adil Rashid has been spared a prison sentence for raping a child because "he did not know having sex with a 13-year-old was against the law" as reported by The Daily Mail of London, England on Jan. 25, 2013.
Judge Michael Stokes granted Rashid a suspended sentence, stating:
"Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters."
As described by the British as a case of "grooming" or mentally preparing his victim, Rashid met the unidentified victim on FaceBook, and after two months of communicating via the internet, text messages and phone calls, the convicted rapist met the child at a Nottingham hotel and engaged in sex.
Rashid was arrested one week after the rape when the victim told one of her school mates, who in turn notified a teacher.
The Birmingham resident placed blame on the victim, stating he had been "tempted by her" after meeting her online.
The court heard that Rashid attended a fundamentalist-style Islamic school where he was taught "women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground."
Judge Stokes described Rashid by stating:
"He’s had an unusual education, certainly in terms of the sexual education provided.
Comparing women to lollipops is a very curious way of teaching young men about sex."
Nonetheless, the judge sentenced Rashid to nine months youth custody, suspended for two years, along with a two-year probation supervision order.
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