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Burkas for babies fatwa slammed

05 February 2013, 16:45

Saudia Arabia – A call by a Saudi cleric for all female babies to wear burkas to protect them from sexual molestation has drawn condemnation from fellow Saudis and on the internet, said a report.

The Al Arabiya report said the comments came from a months-old interview on an Islamic television channel. It said Sheikh Abdullah Daoud pointed to cases of sexual abuse against babies in the kingdom.

One irate Saudi tweeted, "Fatwa on Burkas for baby girls r disturbing! Now the baby victims are blamed for men's crimes. Allah help us stop the ignorance, stupidity"

A former judge at the Saudi Board of Grievances, Sheikh Mohammad al-Jzlana  told Al Arabiya that Dauod's ruling was denigrating to Islam and shariah and made Islam look bad.

Jzlana has reportedly urged people to ignore unregulated fatwas, saying there are special regulations set by authorities to administer religious edicts and appoint those who are entitled to issue them.

He described putting a veil on a baby as an injustice to children.  

The uproar comes on the heels of a complaint by activists after a Saudi preacher who raped his 5-year-old daughter and tortured her to death was been sentenced to pay "blood money" to the mother after having served a short jail term.

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