Judge Jane Farish, who had told a Maori rapist who had lured an Australian tourist into a dark street and beat her while trying to tear off her clothing “If I had my way I would release you today,” let the groper off with community service because his actions were caused by “cultural ambiguities.”
The Muslim groper had blamed his serial assaults on “a misunderstanding of cultural differences” claiming that he had just been trying to be friendly. In his Middle Eastern Muslim culture, friendliness apparently consisted of forcibly groping female joggers while telling them “Happy New Year.”
In neighboring Australia, Muslim cultural misunderstandings have become a big problem for women.
Esmatullah Sharifi, an Afghan refugee, offered an Australian woman a ride home and then put his right hand around her neck and his left hand over her mouth and raped her. Sharifi’s lawyers claimed that due to cultural differences he was confused about the nature of consent.
This wasn’t Sharifi’s first misunderstanding of the difference between rape and sex. He had already been sentenced to 7 years in jail for raping an Australian teenager on Christmas Day in 2008.
The sentencing judge rejected Sharifi’s excuse, but a court of appeals judge found that claiming cultural differences was a valid basis for an appeal.
This wasn’t the first case of Muslim cultural misunderstanding assault in Australia.
Last year, an Egyptian Muslim cleric was arrested for groping women on a beach. The spokesman for the Dee Why Mosque said that by groping a grandmother pushing a stroller and an underage girl, Ahmed Alkahly had been “showing love and compassion but had misunderstood the cultural differences between Australia and Egypt.”
In Muslim Egypt, 99.3% of women and girls have been sexually harassed. What is ordinary behavior in Egyptian Muslim culture is a criminal act in Australia where women are considered to be human beings.
Almahde Ahmad Atagore made his own effort at showing love and compassion by sexually assaulting seven women and girls. The youngest of his victims was only 13 years old. Afterward he laughed.
Atagore’s lawyers blamed cultural differences and Judge Margaret Rizkalla agreed, telling the Libyan Muslim rapist, “It seems you were very ill prepared to deal with cultural differences.”
That was 3 years ago. Atagore will be eligible for parole this year.
In the Ashfield rapes, four Pakistani brothers raped eighteen women and girls. Their father urged that his sons be pardoned because they “did not know the culture of this culture.”
One of the brothers appealed his sentence arguing that he had committed the rapes based on cultural differences with how Pakistani girls behaved. The older brother said in court that only now that he had gained a “better understanding of Australian culture” did he finally realize that rape was wrong.
Explaining why he had raped one girl, he said, “She was not related to us and she was not wearing any Purdah, like she was not… covered her face, she was not wearing any headscarf.”
Purdah refers to the practice of keeping women isolated and locked up at home. The Hijab and the Burka are forms of mobile Purdah; clothing that acts as a symbolic “partition” keeping women “fenced in” even in public.
The father of the rapist brothers said of the victims, “What do they expect to happen to them? Girls from Pakistan don’t go out at night.”
And when enough Pakistanis migrate to their country neither will Australian girls; especially now that at least one of the brothers has already been released.
The cultural differences between the Muslim world and the Western world behind these rape cases were highlighted when Australia’s Grand Mufti, the infamous Sheikh Hilaly, had said, in response to an earlier Muslim gang rape case, that in sexual matters, “it’s 90 per cent the women’s responsibility.”
Quoting al-Rafihi, the Grand Mufti said, “If I came across a rape crime. I would discipline the man and order that the woman be arrested and jailed for life.”
Then the Grand Mufti went on to compare rape victims to uncovered meat. “If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, is it the fault of the cat or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem.”
“If the woman is in her boudoir, in her house and if she’s wearing the veil and if she shows modesty, disasters don’t happen.”
It’s no wonder that Pakistani girls don’t go out at night.
In Muslim culture, women face a choice between Purdah and rape. And now so do women in Western countries who come face to face with Muslim rape culture.
Back in the UK, Muslim cultural differences are also becoming a problem for women and an excuse for multicultural judges.
A Muslim pedophile in Nottingham was given a suspended sentence after he claimed that he had attended a Muslim school where he was taught that women are worthless. Adil Rashid told a psychologist that his Muslim school had taught him that, “Women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground.”
The lollipop is a common teaching tool in Muslim culture. Muslim girls are told that they should wear a Hijab because no one wants an unwrapped lollipop. An Egyptian ad campaign about sexual harassment contrasted a chastely wrapped lollipop with an uncovered lollipop swarming with flies.
Lollipops may be new, but the idea in Islam is old. The Hijab and the Burka have nothing to do with female modesty or dignity. Not according to the Koran.
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies that they may thus be distinguished and not molested,” Allah tells Mohammed.
The context of Koran chapter 33 verse 59 is even grimmer if you put it in the context of verse 50 which allowed Mohammed’s army to enslave and rape captured women and the use of the Burka to distinguish between wives and slaves.
Qadri’s Irfan-ul-Quran translation comments on 33:59 that “It is more likely that this way they may be recognized (as pious, free women), and may not be hurt (considered by mistake as roving slave girls.)”
When Mohammed captured Safiyya bint Huyayy, a Jewish teenager, during his campaign of ethnic cleansing against the region’s Jewish population, he told his followers, “Tomorrow if you see her covered with a veil then she is my wife; if you see her without a veil then she is a slave girl.”
That is the cultural difference between the Muslim world and the Western world.
There are no “free women” in Islam. There are women who belong to one man and there are women who belong to all men. There are wives and daughters or women who can be enslaved by any man.
Women can be covered meat or uncovered meat, but they cannot be considered people. When they are raped, the deciding question is whether they were at home or outside, whether they were covered meat or uncovered meat, whether they were acting like good Pakistani girls or bad Western women.
The Taliban aren’t just in Afghanistan and Pakistan anymore, they are everywhere in the West that Pakistani, Afghani and other Muslim migrants settle. Expecting them to respect the rights of Western women is asking them to turn their backs on their culture and religion and that is as likely to happen in Muslim settlements in the UK, France and Australia… as it is in Afghanistan.
The Taliban and their views on women have come to the West. And Western judges are choosing to respect Muslim rape culture over the rights of women.