I was in the Jofa area this past weekend with my family when apparently this incident took place. The Jordan Times reports, in a rather confusingly-written article, that two 20-year old British female tourists were raped during their short stay in the Jordan Valley over the Eid weekend. From what I understood, the story involves 6 men; 4 who tried to rape them, and 2 who were sent to protect them from the original 4 but (ironically) ended up raping the girls themselves.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The two women, who are studying Arabic in Syria for one year, went to the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley area on Saturday and spent the entire day there until it became dark,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added. They could not find a ride back that night and then met a woman, who offered to host them for the night, Duradi said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Four of the six suspects, who saw the women heading to the coupleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house, went and got drunk, then returned to the house around 2:00am and tried to force their way in,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added.
The couple locked the door but the four men kept banging on the door and trying to enter the house until 5:00am, according to the criminal prosecutor.
The womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brother and a friend came to the house and she asked them to take the two women back to Amman in their car, Duradi said, adding that they agreed and left the house through the back door, but on the way, they reportedly raped the women.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The two suspects threatened the women, and then took turns raping them,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
It’s a disgusting story for sure, but if convicted, they will each receive a maximum punishment of 22 years. In the context of the crime I don’t really see that sentence as a decent one, nor is it a proper deterrent. Sharia’ law would have them receiving 100 lashes, and with such stories in mind I don’t know if I would mind them getting such a sentence instead. I don’t know about you, but I could probably stomach it.
But 22 years? They’re likely to get less than that. Maybe they should be tried in the infamous State Security Court; charged with sullying the good name of Jordan which will adversely affect tourism as well as disrupting its relations with a foreign nation.
And that being said, I should point out to any foreign readers that the likelihood of you visiting Jordan and being raped is fairly (and safely) slim. Besides, according to Public Security Department Spokesperson Major Basheer Daaja, both “alleged” rapists were unemployed and had previous criminal records. Apparently unemployment has now become a
justification motivating factor when it comes to rape.
Lemme tell you, if I was the ultimate lawmaker, the punishment for rape would be instantaneous castration.
If that’s not a deterrent then I don’t know what is.