Beheaded for practising witchcraft

Saudi sorcery protest in Lebanon

Saudi sorcery protest in Lebanon

Amina Bint Abdulhalim Nassar was executed in the northern province of Jawf for ‘practising witchcraft and sorcery’. — Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry

Beware of reading the runes, tea leaves or entrails in Saudi Arabia as it might just get you into a whole heap of trouble. You could quite easily lose your head over it.

You do not even have to be in Saudi Arabia, but will be arrested and sentenced to death if you set foot in Saudi Arabia.

A woman has recently been beheaded having been charged with witchcraft, though a cursory glance at the case seems that a more appropriate charge would have been fraud.

- Saudi woman beheaded for ‘sorcery’
Saudi woman executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’
How Do You Prove Someone’s a Witch in Saudi Arabia?

Being a woman did not help. Being a woman in Saudi Arabia is in itself sufficient to be seen as a crime.

To be a woman in Saudi Arabia is to be marginalised. If you set foot outside the house you have to be covered from head to toe in case your appearance may offend men.

As a woman you are not allowed to drive a car. If caught, you will be lashed.

- Saudi woman to be lashed for defying driving ban

A recent report has said women should not be allowed to drive as it will lead to a loss of virginity, prostitution and homosexuality. For a woman to lose her virginity is to lose her market value.

- ‘End of virginity’ if women drive, Saudi cleric warns

Witch hunting is institutionalized in barbaric Saudi Arabia which seems to be stuck in the Dark Ages where witchcraft, sorcery and women are concerned. The country’s religious police has an Anti-Witchcraft Unit and a sorcery hotline to combat practices like astrology and fortune telling that are considered un-Islamic.

In the West a witch-hunt is a figure of speech. In Saudi Arabia it is a mediaeval barbarity.

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