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Saudi cleric urges veil for baby girls

Comments about veiling two-year-old girls by Saudi cleric provoke anger and ridicule in Saudi Arabia

AFP , Tuesday 5 Feb 2013
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A Saudi cleric has said baby girls should be veiled to avoid sexual harassment, in remarks broadcast on television that sparked outrage in the conservative kingdom.

"Girls should wear the veil from the age of two," said Abdullah Daoud on Islamic television Al-Majd, adding that Saudis should follow the example of South Asian countries.

"If a girl is sexually desired, her parents should cover her face and force her to wear veil," to protect her against perverts, he said.

Some practicing Muslims believe that girls must begin wearing head covers such as the veil from the age of puberty.

Daoud's comments, in an interview which was posted on the Internet, sparked an outcry across social networks and the local press, with prominent cleric Salman al-Audah joining the protests.

"We hope that these aberrant statements will not be exaggerated and taken as fatwa (religious edict)," Audah told AFP on Tuesday.

Saudi columnist Badria Al-Bisher slammed Daoud for his proposal of veiling little girls, "instead of proposing a stern law curbing sexual harassment, and school and media awareness campaigns."

Saudi tweeters also vented their fury.

"What level of moral deterioration have such people reached?" asked lawyer Abdulrahman al-Lahim on Twitter, claiming that "sex obsession" is behind such statements.

"The best solution is to exile women, old or young, to remote countries, as long as we have men acting like animals," wrote female Saudi journalist Halima Muthffar on Twitter.

Women in Saudi Arabia are deprived of many rights that are considered basic elsewhere, including the right to drive, and cannot travel without proper authorisation from their male guardians.

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Kevin
13-02-2013 10:55pm
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No Respect...
As I said in a different article, the Islam world will never have any respect for women. How sad this cleric wants to punish the innocent instead of punishing the perpetrators of violence against women and girls. Typical programmed religious zealot.
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Stanley Suit
06-02-2013 02:26pm
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Veiling the innocent
So you encourage punishing the potential victim rather than punishing the perpetrator. So wrong in my view.
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Dalou
05-02-2013 06:39pm
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Veils for baby girls reveals malice
Mideaval Era was more advanced.
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Democracia
05-02-2013 06:22pm
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Why are religious fanatics...
Everybody should read the article Alaa al Aswani has written about this subject. Because it shows the reasons behind this behavior. The name of the article: "Why are religious fanatics obsessed with women's bodies?" You'll find this and a lot of other articles from Alaa al Aswani on the websites of Al Dustur and Al Shorouk, because they were published once in those newspapers.
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