Dr. Abdulla Waheed writes:
Pedophilia of any hue, be it heterosexual, homosexual or incestuous, is a heinous crime that must be condemned in the strongest words and punished with the harshest penalties. There is no dearth of any of these varieties of sexual abuse of children in the Maldives. However, the homosexual variety appears to be singled out for public outrage.
Currently there are fast expanding Face Book groups calling for imposing the death penalty on one Mr. Hussein Fazeel, who is under investigation for homosexual child abuse. However, when some months back, a former official of a prestigious government office was exposed after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with his own daughter for several years, the Face Book groups were missing. After being the topic of gossip for a few weeks, the public appears to have forgotten the whole affair. Why this difference?
Is there any moral or religious reasons for this difference. Even though I am not a religious expert, I don’t see any reason why incest with one’s daughter is a lesser sin compared with homosexual child abuse. Fornication is punishable with Hadd and according to some scholars stoning to death, whereas no such punishment is prescribed in Islam for sodomy.
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