SINGAPORE – Three Muslim mothers who persuaded their daughters to have sex with their father wept in a Singapore court when the rape victims pleaded for leniency for the women, news reports said on Thursday.
The three “wives” are charged with abetting the 46-year-old businessman and religious teacher in committing incest between December 2003 and June 2005.
Letters written by the daughters were read out in district court on Wednesday, The Straits Times reported. The three mothers pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on March 21.
The father is serving a 32-year jail sentence with 24 strokes of the cane for raping his young daughters.
The victims told of their mothers’ love in spite of what had happened to them, the newspaper reported, and expressed worries that they and their younger siblings would suffer even more if their mothers were jailed.
“My mother is not to be blamed for what happened to me,” according to one letter cited by the paper. “She herself is a victim. She was really being manipulated heavily by my father.”
Deputy Public Prosecutor Eugene Lee said the husband told his multiple wives and scores of children that according to the Quran, a father “owned” his children and this extended to having sex with his daughters, the report said.
The three women, aged 39, 38 and 41, had abused their daughters’ trust, Lee said.
The offences came to light in June 2005 when the daughter of the first wife, then 15, made a police report. Investigations showed that five of her half-sisters also had sex with their father.
Lee said the three women married the man in 1988 and 1989. Two of the daughters became pregnant and underwent abortions.
Winston Churchill knew what he was talking about:
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the
next of its dignity and sanctity.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the
religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”