Jul 23 2011
Police said he had kidnapped and then forcibly married a 12-year-old girl, who later managed to escape. After rounding up the suspect and beating him, the village elders tied a brick around his penis and paraded him naked through the village, under the full gaze of at least 200 people.
HyperVocal (H/T TROP) Despite Bangladesh being a Muslim country, it doesn’t appear to make a case of Sharia Law, because Mohammed was known to have taken Aisha as his wife when she was just six years old. The global rights monitor Human Rights Watch just released a statement last week highlighting abuses committed by local councils which are often the result of religious edicts or fatwas. The details of this story are sketchy at best, so there’s really no way to say the local village council was acting upon a religious edict or fatwa, or basing their decision on Sharia.
However, usually when it comes to village courts in Bangladesh, the Times of India reports, they are allowed to “settle disputes related to land ownership, inheritance and other minor issues” but are not allowed to hand down “physical punishment.”