Court in Mogadishu sentences alleged rape victim & journalist to 6 months
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A nineteen year old woman who claimed she was raped was sentenced today in a Somali court in the capital city of Mogadishu. Also sentenced along with her were the journalist who interviewed her regarding her plight and the manager of Radio Shabelle for whom the journalist works for.
The woman who is also a journalist by occupation was sentenced to a total of six months, while the other journalist was also sentenced to six months. However the manager of Radio Shabelle was sentenced to one year.
The dilemma all started when nineteen year old Fadumo Abdiqadir gave an interview to journalist Mohamed Bashir regarding her case. She claimed that she was raped by two journalists who work for the state owned radio station of Radio Mogadishu. The interview went public and they were soon arrested thereafter. The two men accused of rape had not been arrested, nor stood trial or faced sentencing.
In Somalia rape victims have been suffering from being raped and then fearing from reporting their rape to authorities for fear of reprisal from their rapists, who could often be state linked in one way or the other. This however, comes not as a surprise, as the corruption perception index, Somalia ranks as the most corrupt nation in the world.
It was reported that Fadumo & Mohammed had both been on hunger strike shortly after their arrest until their court appearance to protest their treatment.
After today sentencing, the plight for other rape victims who may have been raped in the past or may face the unfortunate experience of rape and wish to seek justice seems dim. This sentence might serve as deterrent for rape victims from even reporting their crime, and will have them rather suffer in silence.