A pedophile of Muslim faith who raped a 13-year-old girl has been spared jail because he claimed his Islamic education did ‘not condemn sex with children.’
Adil Rashid, 18, was taught that women were “worthless” at the Islamic faith school he attended, also claiming that he was not aware it was illegal for him to have sex with a child because his education had left him ‘ignorant’ to British law.
Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a forgiving 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.’
According to The DailyMail: Despite Rashid escaping jail, Nottingham Crown Court heard such crimes usually result in a four to a seven-year prison sentence. The judge said that Rashid was ‘passive’ and ‘lacking assertiveness’, and sending him to jail might cause him more damage than good.
Rashid, who lured girl via Facebook to the Premier Inn hotel in Nottingham UK, had sex with her for two hours before returning home to a mosque to pray. He was arrested the following week after the girl confessed what had happened to a friend, who then informed the teachers.
Rashid claimed he was ‘reluctant’ to have sex with the girl, even though he spent months seducing her over social media. Later, the court heard that Rashid had ‘little experience of women’ due to his Islamic education.
He then confessed to a psychologist that he was unaware that having sex with a 13-year-old was against the law, only finding out it was illegal after a family member told him.
Rashid says he was taught that ‘women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground’.
Defence lawyer Laban Leake said reports suggested Rashid had a ‘degree of sexual naivety’.
‘The school he attended, it is not going too far to say, can be described as a closed community and on this occasion, this was perpetuated by his home life.
‘It is not too far to say that he may not have known that having sex with a 13-year-old girl was illegal.’ Judge Stokes sentenced Rashid to nine months youth custody, suspended for two years, along with a two-year probation supervision order.
The judge said: ‘He’s had an unusual education, certainly in terms of the sexual education provided. Comparing women to lollipops is a very curious way of teaching young men about sex.
’‘It was made clear to you at the school you attended that having sexual relations with a woman before marriage was contrary to the precepts of Islam,’ he said.
Addressing Rashid, the judge added: ‘I accept this was a case where the girl was quite willing to have sexual activity with you. But the law is there to protect young girls, even though they are perfectly happy to engage in sexual activity.’
Source : NN