Muslim cleric triggers outrage by blaming women for rape
Has he gone mad by blaming women for rape?
Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric has triggered international outrage for describing women who dress immodestly as “uncovered meat” who are inviting a sexual attack.
Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali – the Mufti of Australia – condemned women who “sway suggestively”, wear make-up and no hijab or Islamic headscarf, in a Ramadan sermon to 500 worshippers, The Australian reported.
Islamic leaders are today meeting in Sydney to discuss his future and are considering whether to sack him from his role as the most senior cleric at the city’s largest mosque.
John Howard, the Prime Minister, said that the cleric’s comments were “appalling and reprehensible”.
He told reporters: The idea that women are to blame for rapes is preposterous. I not only reject the comments, I condemn them unconditionally.”
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