Tuesday, February 20, 2007

And The Iraqi Government Reward Goes To...

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Two weeks ago, IRIN (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) reported the rape case of Iraqi woman Luana Martini (Via Iraqi Mojo). Luana was raped by an Iraqi soldier a few days after a raid on her home in Baghdad. Luana's brother took her to the police station to report the incident. As expected, things didn't go very well:

“When my brother came home I told him everything. He got so upset that he forced me to go to the police with him. There we met a sergeant who asked for proof that it was an Iraqi soldier who raped me, saying that maybe it was not a soldier but only someone dressed like one.

“After two hours of humiliation, being looked at by the police officers as the latest girl who lost her virginity in Iraq, we went home. Khalil cried more than me because he couldn’t believe that his sister had suffered such abuse while he was away and the rapist would not be charged.

Luana's rapist walks free while she carries his baby. Yes, she's pregnant. Please, gasp a bit then go back to watching your favorite TV show.

Today, another Iraqi woman came forward to report a similar incident by three Iraqi policemen. I hoped the Iraqi government would take her story seriously and investigate the incident thoroughly. Unfortunately, the formal investigation took less than 24 hours and the alleged rapists were found innocent. AND, Al-Maliki couldn't contain his joy at the happy news. So, he "ordered the honorable officers accused of her rape to be rewarded." I almost threw my drink all over my keyboard when I read this amusing part of the report.

Only in the "new Iraq" an alleged rapist can walk free and gets rewarded for his deeds. During Saddam's era, Iraqi women feared Uday the rapist. Now, they fear thousands of Uday-wannabes. And you wonder why Iraqi women feel hopeless.

UPDATE Feb 22, 2007
Just when you think it can't get worse for the Rapists' Rewarder, a.k.a Al-Maliki:

BAGHDAD (AP) - Four Iraqi soldiers have been accused of raping a 50-year-old Sunni woman and the attempted rape of her two daughters in the second allegation of sexual assault levelled against Iraqi forces this week, an official said Thursday.

Brig. Gen. Nijm Abdullah said the attack allegedly occurred about 10 days ago in the northern city of Tal Afar during a search for weapons and insurgents. A lieutenant and three enlisted men denied the charge but later confessed after they were confronted by the woman, a Turkoman. Abdullah said a fifth soldier suspected something was wrong, burst into the house and forced the others at gunpoint to stop the assault.


And this time, Al-Maliki will reward the rapists with the latest iPods. Then, they can watch and watch the video they filmed while commiting their crime. It's pretty sad that too many Iraqis and Americans died for such a dreadful result.

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