Shocking video: Sudanese woman flogged for getting into car with man who isn’t related to her

A woman, identified as Halima, crouches on the ground while a police officer flogs her with his whip.

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A woman, identified as Halima, crouches on the ground while a police officer flogs her with his whip.

Sudan’s public order law lets police officers publicly whip women who are accused of public indecency. The woman in this YouTube video was reportedly riding in a car with a man who wasn’t her husband or an immediate family member.

SOURCEA disturbing new YouTube video shows a Sudanese woman crying out in pain during a public flogging.

She was reportedly guilty of riding in a car with a man who wasn’t her husband or an immediate family member, an offense that is prohibited by Sudan’s public order law.

The woman, reportedly named Halima, crouches on the ground and tries to cover her head with a light pink cloth while a police officer walks around her with a whip, stopping to aim before lashing out at her body.

At about 0:39 seconds into the video, the police officer warns the woman, “This is so you don’t get into cars anymore,” according to France24.

A crowd of onlookers stands nearby, simply watching while the woman is attacked.

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NY Councilman Grabs Headlines Over ‘Pagan’ Religion

That Allegedly Saw Him Tied to a Tree and Flogged

New York Councilman Dan Halloran Allegedly Belongs to Theodish Pagan Religion

(Photo: Facebook/Dan Halloran)

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New York City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens) was one of the politicians arrested last week over an alleged plot to rig the upcoming New York City mayoral race.

But lately he’s been grabbing headlines for another reason — apparently he belongs to a pre-Christian “pagan” religion, and its leaders once punished him by tying him to a tree and flogging him.

New York Councilman Dan Halloran Allegedly Belongs to Theodish Pagan Religion

Dan Halloran allegedly leads a pagan ritual. (New Normandy via the Village Voice)

The New York Post wrote:

The city councilman who bungled his way into federal bribery charges is also a total bonehead in his kooky heathen religion — whose members wear medieval garb, make sacrifices to multiple gods and compete in combat games.

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Halloran converted in the 1980s from Catholicism to the pre-Christian Germanic religion, whose believers drink mead or whiskey from horns and dress like characters in a Renaissance fair.

He learned about their tough disciplinary code when he committed an undisclosed act against a female “thrall” — or probationary servant.

He was stripped to his waist, strapped to a tree and flogged with a belt 11 times.

It should be noted that the punishment was described as “voluntary,” though a detailed explanation wasn’t given.

New York Councilman Dan Halloran Allegedly Belongs to Theodish Pagan Religion

In 2002, Halloran (third from left in first row), reportedly formed a tribe called New Normandy. (Photo: New Normandy via the U.K. Daily Mail)

A 2011 Village Voice article has been referenced in many of the stories, describing Halloran’s practices:

Halloran was no garden-variety pagan. He was the “First Atheling,” or prince, of his own Theodish tribe, called New Normandy. He had “thralls” who swore their allegiance to him. He didn’t just spend weekends reconstructing the religious activities of the pre-Christian Norse and Germanic gods—he led his flock, about 100 people at its height, in their polytheistic celebration of the gods (plural). They’d gather for “blot” (sacrifice and feast), “sumble” (“boast and toast of the gods”), and play games that, to the outside eye, looked like something from Dungeons & Dragons or a Renaissance fair.

New York Councilman Dan Halloran Allegedly Belongs to Theodish Pagan Religion

(Photo: Facebook via the U.K. Daily Mail)

Halloran’s religion has been a point of contention since he entered public affairs, according to the New York Times.  He reportedly even wrote a piece called “I believe in God” in an effort to quiet some of the controversy, and was attacked for “pandering to monotheism.”

Among his other religious activities, Halloran reportedly once engaged in a duel where he and another man hurled 7-foot-long sapling tree spears at one another while 30 paces apart.  He lost.

The New York politician could face decades in prison if convicted in the bribery scandal, but according to the New York Post, he could also face punishment from his tribe.

“If Mr. Halloran is convicted on these charges, then established Troth disciplinary procedures will be enacted, as Troth clergy are held to a very high standard,” the Connecticut-based Theodish group Halloran is affiliated with said in a statement.

“Our High Rede (Board of Directors) are aware of the issues and are carefully monitoring Mr. Halloran’s status, for the protection and integrity of our organization.”

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Maldives: Rape Victim Sentenced To 100 Lashes

A court in the Maldives orders a teenage girl who was raped by her stepfather to be flogged, despite government condemnation.

 
An island in the MaldivesSOURCE

Premarital sex is illegal under the Maldives’ Islamic law

A 15-year-old alleged rape victim in the Maldives has been sentenced to 100 lashes and eight months under house arrest for engaging in premarital sex.

The girl admitted having consensual sex with a man in an incident unrelated to the rape.

Sex outside of marriage is illegal under the Islamic law of the island nation.

Police were investigating allegations that the girl had been raped by her stepfather when they uncovered the evidence.

The girl’s stepfather is facing 25 years in prison for the rape and allegedly killing a baby conceived from it.

Despite condemnation from the UN and Amnesty International, court officials have said the flogging will be carried out once the girl turns 18.

The Maldivian government has urged the courts to show leniency towards the girl, describing her as “traumatised” by the rape.

It is not known whether the her partner will also be charged with having premarital sex.

Last September, a 16-year-old Maldivian girl was sentenced to public flogging after she confessed to premarital sex. Her partner received a 10-year prison sentence.

The Indian Ocean nation is home to almost 330,000 people, and all of its citizens belong to the Muslim faith.

The public practice of any religion other than Islam is prohibited under Maldivian law.

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