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Moms in court for aiding dad’s rape of daughters

8 March 2007

SINGAPORE – Three Muslim mothers who persuaded their daughters to have sex with their father wept in a Singapore court when the rape victims pleaded for leniency for the women, news reports said on Thursday.

The three “wives” are charged with abetting the 46-year-old businessman and religious teacher in committing incest between December 2003 and June 2005.

Letters written by the daughters were read out in district court on Wednesday, The Straits Times reported. The three mothers pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on March 21.

The father is serving a 32-year jail sentence with 24 strokes of the cane for raping his young daughters.

The victims told of their mothers’ love in spite of what had happened to them, the newspaper reported, and expressed worries that they and their younger siblings would suffer even more if their mothers were jailed.

“My mother is not to be blamed for what happened to me,” according to one letter cited by the paper. “She herself is a victim. She was really being manipulated heavily by my father.”

Deputy Public Prosecutor Eugene Lee said the husband told his multiple wives and scores of children that according to the Quran, a father “owned” his children and this extended to having sex with his daughters, the report said.

The three women, aged 39, 38 and 41, had abused their daughters’ trust, Lee said.

The offences came to light in June 2005 when the daughter of the first wife, then 15, made a police report. Investigations showed that five of her half-sisters also had sex with their father.

Lee said the three women married the man in 1988 and 1989. Two of the daughters became pregnant and underwent abortions.

quelle : khaleej times