Ed Driscoll

Headlines That Make No Sense in the 21st Century

“Rape Victim, 14, Dies After Public Flogging in Bangladesh,” reads a horrific-sounding headline on the blog SpikeStl, which links to an AOL’s take on the story:

A 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl allegedly raped by a much older cousin has died after being publicly flogged for adultery, media reports said.

Hena Begum was sentenced to receive 100 lashes by a village council made up of elders and Muslim clerics in the district of Shariatpur, about 35 miles from the capital, Dhaka, the BBC said today.

She endured about 80 lashes before collapsing Monday, according to The Daily Star, a Bangladeshi newspaper. Her family took her to a hospital, where she died.

“What sort of justice is this? My daughter has been beaten to death in the name of justice. If it had been a proper court then my daughter would not have died,” Dorbesh Khan, the girl’s father, told the BBC.

Meanwhile, back in America, “Eagles Players Honor Young Boy Who Was Bullied & Beaten on Way to School (Video).”

Related: “I mean, really, we’re going on ten years since 9/11 and the idea of an ‘Islamic Caliphate’ is news?”

To some, apparently.