Sudan Sentences Pregnant Woman for Having a Different Faith

By on June 6, 2014
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Corruption always lies in the hearts of those who hold power. On May 15, a woman named Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag has been sentenced to death for worshipping the Christian faith. She is set to “hang for apostasy, despite appeals by western embassies for respect for religious freedom” (bdlive.co.za). She has also been given a punishment of one hundred lashes for adultery. The court says that her marriage to a Christian man isn’t legal, saying she was born a Muslim, due to her having a Muslim father. Her father, however, left her and her mother when she was only six years old. She was raised by her mother in the Christian faith ever since. For now, Meriam, who is eight months pregnant, and her young son who is not even two years old are locked up in a jail cell. Her husband, Wani, is bound to a wheelchair and depends on her for living out his wife. He cannot live without her. All he can do is pray for her to be released. Fortunately, Meriam has time. As stated by Sharia law “Sudan prohibits carrying out the death sentence on an expectant woman until two years after she gives birth” (cnn.com). Meriam has been allowed the choice to recant her faith and be spared the fate her punishment. However, as any devout Christian would do, she never did and stated “‘I was never a Muslim. I was raised a Christian from the star’” (abcnews.go.com). Human rights groups as well as Western governments have responded to this and say that Sudan is not respecting international human rights. There are even protests and demonstrations against her sentencing and many have gathered holding out signs to free Meriam. The treatment the Sudanese government has enacted upon Meriam is wrong and should be overturned. Meriam has done nothing wrong and her family depends on her for survival. Even her unborn child faces danger due to her being in jail, and not allowed to go to a hospital because of security risks. The Sudanese government is just trying to cause as much harm on Meriam as legally possible because of her faith. The laws of Sudan are cruel and sexist, for a daughter must follow her father’s religion and cannot marry outside that faith. Men, however, can marry outside their faith. Sudan is one the countries known for religious persecution and it must stop. To give out punishments for serious crimes when Meriam has harmed no one is morally wrong.

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