To the vast majority of Westerners, Islam's sharia law seems at a minimum to be a legalistic curiosity. At the other end of the spectrum, mind boggling barbaric. Case in point would be the rather disturbing reports coming out of the Islamic Republic of The Sudan, as published on Feb. 19, 2014, by both the pan-African daily online newspaper The Mail & Guardian (of Cape Town, South Africa), and the London-based The Daily Mail.
A yet to be publicly identified 18-year-old Ethiopian woman who also happens to be in her ninth month of pregnancy, has been charged with both adultery and gross indecency stemming from her raping six months ago by a gang of Sudanese youths, reportedly aged between 18 and 22.
Now being held in a Khartoum jail cell consisting of only bars and a concrete floor, the accused woman claims that last August she was lured alone into an empty building in the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman on the promise of renting it to her and her migrant worker husband.
It was then she claims she was violently gang-raped by the seven. Despite the victim reporting the assault to a local police officer at the time, the Khartoum copper reportedly decided against pursuing an investigation because "it was Eid Al Fitr, a public holiday in the Muslim country."
The offending officer "was initially charged with negligence, but this was dropped on Tuesday."
Her request for bail has been denied by the nation's Attorney General.
The government-controlled Sudanese media has been actively hammering away at the victim, claiming she is a HIV-infected prostitute, as well as that the seven men are innocent due to they "were accidentally prescribed hallucinogenic drugs by a chemist beforehand."
As noted, two raped women were still considered guilty of adultery in past cases, but "the sentence of stoning for adultery has been handed down twice in recent years, against two women, Intisar Sharif and Laila Jamool, in 2012. Following appeals in both cases, the sentences were overturned."
Despite numerous Western nations pumping hundreds of millions of dollars worth of outright foreign aid to the North African nation, Sudan has taken a more fundamentalist and militant stance in their embrace of Islamic sharia law.