Editor’s warning: this story is extremely distressing. We thought very carefully about publishing it but decided it needed to be told if women and girls in Saudi Arabia are ever going to be helped.
The Saudi Islamic preacher Fayan al-Ghamdi, who was accused of torturing his five-year-old daughter Lama to death, has been sentenced to eight years in jail and 600 lashes.
Lama al-Ghamdi died in October last year, after having suffered from multiple and horrific injuries. Her skull had been crushed, and she had extensive burns and bruising on her body.
Previously, Mamamia reported:
In another world, in another country, this cute little girl would have been in her first year of school, learning to read and write and shyly making new friends in the playground.
But at five-years-old, Lama al-Ghamdi was admitted to a Saudi hospital suffering from numerous injuries, including broken ribs, a broken arm, a crushed skull and bruising after being brutally tortured by her father.
She had also been repeatedly raped and burned “everywhere”, according to the hospital staff.
Because – and this is almost incomprehensible – Lama’s father was concerned about her virginity.
His daughter was five years old.