A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless.
Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.
Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’
Earlier Nottingham Crown Court heard that such crimes usually result in a four to seven-year prison sentence.
But the judge said that because Rashid was ‘passive’ and ‘lacking assertiveness’, sending him to jail.
Yeah. It was a British judge who decided this.
I can see what the judge is getting at: that Rashid was not raised properly to know the law and basic morals. But that is largely irrelevant. Ignorance of the law has never been an excuse for this sort of thing. And, if anything, his upbringing makes him more of a danger in general society. I’ll also give you three guesses as to whether or not a man raised in a fundamentalist Christian environment would be let off for grooming and raping a 13 year-old girl because he was “naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters”.