Monday, 13 February 2017

Being the Reason

[Media prompt] Norwegian politician felt ‘guilt & responsibility’ after being sodomised by Somali refugee.
Being the Reason

Case #15245-JUN2038-SOD: Before Oslo Sharia Court #56, the Caliphate of Norway, Judge Mustafa el-Tahtawi presiding.

By the time the guards brought her out into the court room, the power had gone off and one of the court officials was lighting candles. Gro kept her eyes on the floor as a sign of respect, but also because she could not see in the darkness yet. When she stood before the bench, the judge read out the charge, summarised as ‘being the reason,’ ending with a reminder that as a woman and non-Muslim her testimony was considered unreliable and not worth half that of a Muslim male. Gro said she understood. 

The judge called the plaintiff, Olol Daud, a Somalian white slaver whose company had been recently listed on the Norwegian bourse.

Before he began speaking, the power came back on and the court room was bathed in light.

“A sign?” said Olol Daud, to a ripple of quiet laughter.

“My testimony is simple,” Olol Daud began. Two months ago, he said, he had purchased the plaintiff, Gro Gundersen, from a man up north who specialised in teens. Olol Daud handed the judge a receipt and a certificate of ownership as evidence of this claim. The judge glanced at them, pushed them to one side, and nodded at the plaintiff to continue. Daud said that Gundersen was trouble from the start. The judge asked him to explain. Well, said Daud, she would not keep her hair covered, and she spoke to me with intent. At the mention of Gro’s uncovered head, there were murmurs loud enough for the judge to call the court to order and threaten anybody who raised their voice again with removal. Everyone at once quietened down, because there was a case later in the afternoon that promised to end with a beheading.

With order restored, Daud continued. Well, he said, I am a man, as though no other explanation was needed. And to be honest, there was not. The judge nodded, and said there was no need to provide additional testimony.

Through a stroke of bad luck, Gro’s hijab slipped back revealing her blonde hair as she walked to stand in front of the judge. Although an alarming breach of court etiquette, the judge ignored it so as to prevent another outburst from the gallery. Tucking her hair back in, Gro said that she had never gotten the hang of keeping her head covered. The judge, perhaps impatient to get onto the beheading, asked Gro whether she had ever shown her hair to Olol Daud. The poor girl had no choice but to confess she had.

The judge then repeated the usual bit about the court in the name of Islam and found Gro guilty of the charge of ‘being the reason’. When I interviewed her afterwards, before she was taken to her cell, I asked her if she thought the judgement was fair.

She looked surprised. “Of course,” she said. “It was I who was the reason. The reason why he strayed from his faith and had his way with me.”

They took her away, and I sat down, waiting for the next case to begin. This one would be on the front page tomorrow.

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