Saudi Cleric declares: ‘Dressing baby girls in burqas will prevent rapes’…

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Saudi cleric calls for babies to wear burqas to prevent rape

Screenshot from Al Arabiya: A Saudi clerk is calling for baby girls to wear burqas. IMAGEAl Arabiya YouTube screenshot
MSN News  By Riya Bhattacharjee

A Saudi cleric is saying burqas will prevent baby girls from rape, giving rise to debate and outrage on the Internet.

A Saudi cleric has called for baby girls to wear burqas to avoid getting raped.

Al Arabiya news reported Sunday that Sheik Abdulla Daoud had said on al-Majd TV mid last-year that wearing the veil will help protect babies. Daoud told al-Majd TV that babies were being molested in Saudi Arabia, citing unnamed medical and security sources.

The video, which surfaced on social media recently, sparked outrage and debate on Twitter from fellow Saudis.

Some tweets called for Daoud to be held accountable for his comments because it breaches individual privacy.

“Fatwa on Burkas for baby girls r disturbing! Now the baby victims are blamed for men’s crimes. Allah help us stop the ignorance, stupidity,” tweeted Masleeza Othman.

Othman later tweeted: “What about fatwa on those who abuse, molested and sexually assaulted or harassed the babies, children. They aren’t supposed to even live!!”

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