Timbuktu couple get 100 lashes for child

2012-06-20 22:36

Bamako - The Islamists occupying northern Mali on Wednesday gave a couple 100 lashes of a whip for having a child out of wedlock as they continue enforcing shari'ah law, witnesses told AFP.

"At Sankore Square in Timbuktu, a man and a women got 100 lashes for having had a child outside of marriage," said local official Mohamed Ould Baby.

"People were watching it was like a show. I was there, I saw the youths arriving at the square, I saw them being whipped, it is the first time I have seen something like that."

The official said Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) carried out the punishment.

Ansar Dine, which seized control of the north of Mali flanked by other rebel groups, has been implementing strict Islamic law, shari'ah, since late March, but this is the first time a couple has been punished in this fashion.

They have asked women to wear veils, whipped smokers and destroyed cartons of cigarettes while banning the sale of alcohol.

According to shari'ah, 100 lashes of a whip is the punishment for "fornicators" or those who have sex outside of marriage.

A hospital source in Timbuktu said the couple had sought treatment at the hospital after the beating.

An Islamic police official in the town said six other women who had had children outside of marriage would soon be "punished by Islamic law".

Islamists want strict Muslim law

The age of the children was not mentioned, however with Ansar Dine only in charge for about three months, they would have been conceived before the group seized the city.

While majority Muslim, Mali has long had a secular and moderate culture, with the ancient city of Timbuktu a meeting point for various tribes and religions.

The vast north of Mali, larger than France, was seized by Islamist and Tuareg rebels in a lightning advance which took advantage of a coup in Bamako in the south on 22 March.

However Ansar Dine took the upper hand and began implementing shari'ah in northern towns such as Gao and Timbuktu.

The two groups have different objectives: The secular Tuareg want independence for their traditional homeland, and the Islamists want strict Muslim law.

Brief plans between the two rebel groups to merge and create a breakaway Islamic state fell apart in recent weeks over the implementation of shari'ah.

"All we want is the implementation of shari'ah" in Mali, said a source from Ansar Dine on Wednesday. "We are against independence."

While the north remains occupied, the south is now led by a transition government after the junta stepped aside, but has made little progress in plans to win back the lost territory.

Ansar Dine has sent a delegation to Ouagadougou to meet with Economic Community of West African States-appointed mediator, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.

On Monday the Islamists said they were ready to negotiate a peaceful solution to the crisis in Mali, which has left the landlocked country effectively partitioned.

The northern desert has long been plagued by drug trafficking and other criminal activities and in recent years has become the base of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which has kidnapped many westerners in the Sahel.

Ansar Dine has openly allied with AQIM, sparking fears a breakaway state could become a hive of terrorist activity.

  • mpho.pink1 - 2012-06-20 23:34

    OMW remind me not to visit this place. On a serious note though, SA needs a law against all these teenagers having babies but punishment should be less brutal. Poor people!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-21 09:33

      If that happens I will open a factory that makes whips. I will be in big bugs quickly.

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2012-06-21 00:50

    Just wonder if the lashers can give honest evidence about their morality?????

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-21 01:16

      ?? Could you please rephrase your questions?

      nick.hill.52493 - 2012-06-21 06:55

      Hi Sally, what she means is ... to the men handing out the lashes .... "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone" ?

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-21 02:34

    How many lashes will our dear Jz get?

      blackjew69 - 2012-06-21 09:45

      give the guy a break, he is married to all his wives. READ the article well, its for having babies out of wedlock.

  • Michael McN - 2012-06-21 03:55

    Let me get this straight: the official commenting about the couple getting whipped for having a child illegitimately is named "Ould Baby?" Oh Mali!

  • zaatheist - 2012-06-21 04:07

    Here we have the ultimate expression of religion controlling government which is why we demand that religion and politicians distance themselves from any attempt by invisible magic man believers to influence the country's laws.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-06-21 04:53


      mike.bester1 - 2012-06-21 07:15

      I agree a good Noekkie is worth a 100 lashes !

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-06-21 07:42

      it terrorfies me to think that you live in this country. god forbid your religious insanity ever prevails.

      vitor.mosca - 2012-06-21 07:53

      Faizieishlah, tonight when you stand in front of your mirror, take a good look at yourself. In all the hidden thoughts and actions that you have given birth to.... how many 100 lashes do you deserve? How many 100 lashes are you still to get? My point? If we go down that hate and vengeance route, not ONE of us will escape 100 lashes. Wake up and start living!

  • Sue - 2012-06-21 06:19

    So so sad to see such total intolerance. Religion so often harms more than it heals. Every religion that is - and excess in everything is never the answer. Worse when culture clashes with religious beliefs, and the latter are imposed without consideration or respect.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-21 06:40

    Why when I see the word Muslim is it always about killing, beating, bombing and destruction? Why do people like it so much?

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-06-21 07:43

      completely with you. it always seems that they are the forefront of much madness

      Rob - 2012-06-21 08:06

      Good comment / question sizwe. Must be the promise of all those virgins in the afterlife !

      Chris - 2012-06-21 09:07

      Good comment Sizwe!! And I agree with Rob but they better marry those Virgins in the afterlife otherwise it will be more lashes!!

      yusuf.patel.9822 - 2012-06-21 11:44

      It depends if you believe everything you read sizwe.

  • michelle.e.magson - 2012-06-21 08:14

    Really? They're gonna go backwards ... yes, that't what's needed in this world. More of this. Taking away peoples rights. Implementing laws that are no different to those of other dictatorships, with no freedom of anything. Perhaps a fine (if something must be done), and an encouragment to get married?

  • blackjew69 - 2012-06-21 09:43

    ISLAM, the religion of peace??

  • Martin - 2012-06-21 11:07

    Good job. Thats the way this should be handled. Reckless behaviour must be punished.

  • Erena - 2012-06-21 11:22

    Disgusting! Frightening, these extremist are ruling more and more countries!

  • yusuf.patel.9822 - 2012-06-21 11:42

    In Saudi Arabia if you're lucky you have 6 murders in a population of 25 million per annum. In South Africa we have an estimated 27000 murders in a population of 49 million per annum so please take your backward and uncultured attititude somewhere else. You hardly find crimes in these countries so the proof is in the pudding.

  • vernon - 2012-06-21 12:47

    Living a thousand years in the past ,and as ignorant as you can get,there is no hope for these kind of people.

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