No word yet on whether this girl has been executed by Saudi Arabia or if her life has been spared.
The case which highlights the lack of justice in the Saudi Arabian Shariah justice system is one being watched closely by Amnesty Internationals and human rights organisations around the world. It’s also being closely monitored by Rizana’s family who live in poverty. They have no money to help raise an appeal, not even to offer to pay the blood money often acceptable by a ‘wronged’ family in order to secure the release of a felon.
There is no real proof Rizana actually did anything wrong other than try her best to take care of a four month old baby despite having little in the way of child care experience. At the time the baby died she had only been caring for it for two weeks. Rizana, now 19, says she was threatened by the parents and so confessed to strangling the child whereas in fact she now says, the baby was choking and she had been trying to clear it’s throat. She withdrew her ‘confession’ saying she had no translators at the police station, no legal assistance, was under duress and may not have completely understood what she was signing. Regardless of any other fact, she was only 17 at the time and a child herself in almost any other part of the world.
The whole situation is sad in the extreme, yet her passing will be just one of thousands of other pointless deaths in the Middle East. Hers will just be more public and preventable.