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A Tale of Two Rapes

This sickened me…

A boy of 13 who overpowered a woman then raped her in front of his two friends will spend just three years locked away for his crimes.

Balal Khan – thought to be one of the youngest convicted rapists in Britain – targeted the 20-year-old as she walked home.

He subjected her to a severe beating then screamed at her ‘Do what I say or I’ll kill you’, before putting her through the ordeal of a terrifying sex attack.

Then he stole her bag and phone and even took a call from his victim’s boyfriend to whom he bragged about what he had done.

And it’s that final little detail that really does it for me. I’ve been wondering why? I guess it’s that these sort of stories are so commonplace that I naturally focus on the particulars. And that particular is grotesque.

But after pleading guilty to charges of rape and robbery the teenager was sentenced to just three years because of his age – and because he said ‘sorry’.

His age should not come into it. If you are old enough to rape you are old enough to know not to. And “sorry”. Sorry is something you say when you forget to water a neighbour’s cactus. It don’t quite cut the mustard for forcing someone to the ground, kicking them in the head (which could potentially be conceived as attempted murder), raping and then robbing them. Personally I think the sentence was too long. I would have given him a mere five minutes in a locked room with the lady’s boyfriend, two spoons and a rusty agricultural implement. But that’s just me imagining what I’d want to do in the place of that lady’s boyfriend.

He later sold the phone and iPod, but not before making a call to his parents’ home. The mobile’s call records led police straight to Khan’s address.

Not the sharpest tool in the box is he?

In a police interview he told officers he had tripped the victim and stolen her bag.

The court heard scientists later found Khan’s DNA on swabs taken from the victim.

Naomi Perry, mitigating, said he had shown remorse for what he had done.

He apologised after finally admitting his offence to police and also when he entered his plea at court.

‘We are dealing with a very immature young man,’ Miss Perry said.

‘He has been having anger management classes and he feels these have helped him.’

So how sincere was this apology? I mean he was banged to rights wasn’t he? And “anger management classes”! Oh, give me strength! Rather than three years in borstal l think it still ought to be shake-out the cutlery drawer and fetch something semi-oxidised from the shed time for the miserable little scrote.

I shall skate blithely over Khan’s assumed religion (and it’s assumptions about women) for that would be mere idle speculation. Instead I shall turn to this story that shows that even in the above case where we didn’t punish a rapist approriately at least we at least didn’t punish the raped…

A 16-year-old girl who was raped in Bangladesh has been given 101 lashes for conceiving during the assault.

The girl’s father was also fined and warned the family would be branded outcasts from their village if he did not pay.

According to human rights activists, the girl, who was quickly married after the attack, was divorced weeks later after medical tests revealed she was pregnant.

By what through the looking glass logic did that transpire?

The girl was raped by a 20-year-old villager in Brahmanbaria district in April last year.

Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper reported that she was so ashamed following the attack that she did not lodge a complaint.

Her rape emerged after her pregnancy test and Muslim elders in the village issued a fatwa insisting that the girl be kept in isolation until her family agreed to corporal punishment.

Her rapist was pardoned by the elders. She told the newspaper the rapist had “spoiled” her life.

“I want justice,” she said.

Given the propensity for floods in Bangladesh I assume an even rustier farming tool could be easily obtained (and spoons can be found anywhere). To answer my own question, note the use of the word “fatwa”. Yes, it’s your friend and mine the Religion of Peace yet again! It happens all over the Islamosphere. Stories like this leak out of Shoddy Absurdia and Yemen all the time. They turn up from Somalia and Sudan to Iran and Indonesia and, alas, also in my own dear England*. This is not due to cultural or tribal stuff because the only cultural connection between all these places is Islam and its deranged attitude to sex. You can’t shake hands with a woman unless it’s your right hand and you possess her and then you can do whatever you want with her for she is yours. You know in the same sense that this here keyboard is mine and I can triperight whatever I want on it. For it is mine.

Am I alone in thinking of Islam as resembling not so much the ideas of a middle-aged man but of a spotty teen who can’t get a date? I guess that maybe brings us back full-circle. Of course most hormonally challenged teens don’t act as Master Khan did and just retire to their rooms for a quiet wank whilst thinking of… I’m not down with the kids so I wouldn’t know these days. And if I push the question as to who adolescent boys now think about whilst masturbating then I shall be facing longer in chokey than Khan. So we can spike that one, OK?

I do though wonder how things might have turned out if Muhammed had attended “anger management classes”? Moreover I wonder what would have transpired if he’d copped an unfortunate one courtesy of some spoonage and an item from Job’s tool-shed.

But of course we can’t say that because Muhammed founded one of the Great Religions**. You know the ones (apart from Christianity – obviously) that we have to respect by force of the law.

Well the hell with that! I know right from wrong which is more than that C7th kiddie-fiddling, bacon-dodging, vagabond warlord did. Or the weird beards of C21st Bangladesh.

I also have a canteen of cutlery (Oneida no less!) and after the recent meterological inclemency access to some extremely rusty gardening equipment…

H/T for the first story to Julia of Ambush Predator. I shall stop nicking your stories when you stop blogging good ones. Deal?

*1993, Derby, England. It was reported on East Midlands Tonight (BBC) that vigilante gangs of “Asians” were beating-up female students at the university (sort of) there coming back from night-clubs. They “excused” their behaviour on the grounds that they thought the University of Derby students in their clubbing gear were prostitutes as if that were OK. I seem to recall that Peter Sutcliffe used a similar “just cleaning-up the streets” attempt at mitigation. But then Sutcliffe was thoroughly round the bend…

**”Great, meaning ‘large’ or ‘immense’; We used it in the pejorative sense!” – Simpsons


  1. Paul Marks says:

    If the boy is old enough to rape, he is old enough to be punished as adult.

    As for “anger management classes” and saying “sorry”……

    Peter Hitchens is correct – the political class (the academics and the administrators, media people, and politicians who have followed them since the 1960′s) are driving this country to its death.

    I would advice that people wait till this young male is let out (people will not have to wait long) and then kick the shit out of him.

    “You are inciting a crimminal offence Mr Marks”.

    Oh dear – “sorry” then.

  2. Paul Marks says:

    The people of power say that ordinary people should not “take the law into their own hands”.

    But unless the government acts justly (defends people in their bodies and in their goods) and fully punishes those who violate the bodies and goods of others – then people have no choice but to “take the law into the own hands”.

    Because the government has dropped the law (in the old sense of “the law”) and created a Politically Correct (i.e. wildly wrong) mess instead.

  3. NickM says:

    “If the boy is old enough to rape, he is old enough to be punished as adult.”

    I think I’d pretty much said that.

    Anyway, three years, it’s enough time to obtain a mangle from eBay and still feel the rage.

    There is enough Viking in me to truly know, feel what “berserk” really means. Yes, enough to get “blood-drunk” and go completely mentalist.

  4. steve says:

    Of course he said he was sorry: he was sorry he was caught. Like many lowlifes, he thought (or at least had a passing twitch in his brain) that he could get away with it. But for once plod was able to connect the dots thanks to his lack of brainpower and now he gets to spend a couple of years at best playing with the big boys.

    But here we have the root of a future problem, and reveling this will send paroxysms of rage through the cultured classes: he will not have actually experienced enough sorrow for this after three years max in the clink so he will emerge capable and ready to do it again. Maybe he will be a little stronger, bigger… probably a little more ‘street-wise’ about not using a stolen mobile phone.

    Soon enough the boy Khan will erupt back on to the scene. i just hope where he lives the women there stay off the streets from that moment on.

    Far be it for me to suggest a sharp knife and a fond farewell to those dangly bits that initially prompted this, bit well….

  5. NickM says:

    Exactly Steve,

    A couple of Khan’s getting it straight and pointy in the pathetic collection of objects they keep between their legs and we’d be winning.

    Actually what disturbs me most about the case is that this is not a “he said”/”she said” rape case but a completely blatent one. He made zero effort to cover his tracks.

    He gave the distinct impression that he simply didn’t care.

  6. NickM says:

    Exactly Steve,

    A couple of Khans getting it straight and pointy in the pathetic collection of objects they keep between their legs and we’d be winning.

    Actually what disturbs me most about the case is that this is not a “he said”/”she said” rape case but a completely blatent one. He made zero effort to cover his tracks.

    He gave the distinct impression that he simply didn’t care.

  7. john in cheshire says:

    Effing muslims, take them or leave them, you can’t help but hate them.

  8. Sunfish says:

    John in C:

    Um, yeah, most people can help it. If you can’t help but just hate a billion or so people, that sounds like a personal problem.

    But for once plod was able to connect the dots

    In identity (where the defense is “I didn’t do it”) cases, it’s easy. Either there was sex or there wasn’t, and a hospital exam performed on the victim promptly does wonders for settling this question. There’s really no “I didn’t do it and it was consensual if I did” defense. It’s “he says consent, she says rape” cases that are a bitch to prove.

    Of course, “amoral little sociopathic dipshit” cases are the easiest of all.

    But of course we can’t say that because Muhammed founded one of the Great Religions**. You know the ones (apart from Christianity – obviously) that we have to respect by force of the law.

    Somehow, I don’t see a legal compulsion to respect Judaism coming down the pike any time soon. Although (in the US) it’s a rarity for Jewish kids to run around acting like little savage bastards and them demanding respect for the religion that made them do it. I’m not aware of any attempts to research a religious breakdown in violent street crime, but for some strange reason I don’t see too many violent street robberies perpetrated by little bastards who are just trying to get their GEDs so that they can go to rabbinical school.

    They’re only slightly more common than the Episcopalian militias signing treaties with the Greek Orthodox Homies to range over the wastelands of the mountains like a cold and scenic version of the second Mad Max movie.

  9. CountingCats says:

    John in Cheshire,

    Not too impressed with Islam as a belief system, but I do tend to judge individual Muslims as individuals. Mass hate is a little more than I would go along with.

  10. NickM says:

    Sunfish, Cats,

    My thoughts exactly. The first victim of Islam is Muslims. Most manage to get over the absurdities of their system and act decent like. Some don’t. I don’t know if that English scrote (and scrote he is – and Islam does not have a monopoly on producing scrotes) was a product of a system with a ludicrous attitude to sex. What I do know is that the second case was absolutely the product of Islamic shariah. Specific Muslims at a specific time and place interpreting the deranged rantings of their prophet.

    I don’t know if there is a link but I’ll be stuffed if I’m consigning 1.x billion people to the trash can because of their prevailing belief system. Did I think, during the Cold War that all Soviets must die? Nyet! Certainly not and absolutely not about their enslaved cantons in Central Europe. If you really want a full, frank and somewhat salty critique of Communism then don’t expect it to come from round here (or even from Samizdata’s Paul Marks) just go to the Czech Republic or Poland and start a conversation in a bar along the lines of… “That Mr Marx and Mr Lenin were right… It was just Mr Stalin that nawsed it up”. Wait 30 seconds and then get punched.

    Ideology and individual are very much not the same thing. They are in fact almost the opposite. Which is of course why organising individuals is like herding cats.

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