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Rape, Abduction and Sorcery

I’ve always loved reading the newspaper, but even more so in other countries, where things are seen differently. These two items are from the Arab Times

11 out of 30 youths held in rape of 2 Asian women

KUWAIT CITY : Police have arrested 11 Bedoun youths out of the thirty who had kidnapped two Asian women near a commercial complex in Jahra and sexually assaulted them for four days in a camp in Mutla’a area.

It was reported that the two victims managed to escape after the four-day ordeal and reported the incident to a night patrol team who informed the Jahra police.

The police then raided the camp and arrested the eleven suspects and referred them to North Jahra Police Station. A case was registered.

Sorceress held: Police have arrested an unidentified Iraqi sorceress and referred her to the concerned authorities, reports Al-Dar daily.

The arrest came following a complaint filed by an unidentified Kuwaiti man who told police the woman had cheated by selling him a magic charm for KD 230. He also told police he had been wearing the charm for three months and failed to get what he aspired for.

Acting on this information police set a trap for the sorceress and caught her in the act while selling a charm worth KD 300 to a police agent. Armed with a search and arrest warrant, police then raided the apartment and confiscated various kinds of tools used by the suspect in black magic.

During interrogations she admitted to the charge and said her clientele includes well-known personalities and female university students. She also said she has until now ‘earned’ KD 85,000 from her ‘work’.

It has also been reported many people, particularly those who believe in her power, intervened in vain to secure her release.

By Mezyad Al-Saeedi
Special to the Arab Times

First, I cannot imagine the horror of being abducted, held in a remote location, and raped by up to 30 different men. The worst fear, of course, is whether you will live through it. Some victims don’t. Wouldn’t you think the names of these young rapists would be published so that women could be protected from marrying them? Imagine, being married to a man who rapes women . . . it would be a little bit of hell on earth.

Secondly – the first guy spent over $800 on a charm and then waited three months for it to work. In the interest of full disclosure, I sure would like to know what the charm was supposed to do? The police officer who entrapped the sorceress was going to pay over $1000 for her magic. That she claims she has earned 85,000 KD per year – that is around $325,000, that’s some serious income for some sorcery.

They are very good at obtaining confessions in Kuwait.

I can’t remember the last time I heard of someone being arrested for sorcery in my home town. There are similar sorts, people who con the elderly, people who prey on the deepest fears and hopes of others, but rarely are they accused of anything but fraud and theft.

January 9, 2009 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Crime, Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Mating Behavior, Women's Issues


  1. Sorcery?!?! Seriously?! What is this? the dark ages!!!!!!

    *laughs self out of contortion*

    Comment by kinano | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. There are at least two articles a week, Kinan, about people being arrested for sorcery, or having sorcery equipment. I’ve always wondered what sorcery equipment is?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. 1. I think I would rather die then live through the ordeal of being raped!!!!

    2. A lot of people believe in this crap. I know girls who would pay 20 KD for a cup of coffee to be read to them. I don’t know why they believe these magic things can help them!

    Comment by Chirp | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  4. I’ve noticed the same thing…these arrests all seem to lead to “full confessions.” How about that? Clearly, our police officers in North America are not using the same techniques on their suspects. Hmmm.

    Comment by DaisyMae | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Chirp – These women, according to other accounts I read, were in pretty bad shape. Most victims are just glad to be alive. It is incredibly traumatic, some women never recover – but most do. Most, survive, and thrive. That is their ultimate revenge.

    The really believe? Those girls? It’s not like just for fun, they really believe?

    Yep, Daisy Mae, it makes me a little uncomfortable, how fully they confess.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. i hope all those 30 men get raped by the biggest baddest criminal in the prison where they will hopefully reside for the next decade.

    Comment by Chirp | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  7. last comment was made by me. chirp has a habit of thinking this is her laptop.

    Comment by Mrm | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  8. agreed with the confession =/ makes you wonder at their … ‘methods’…

    About sorcery. Shockingly enough (lol) I don’t believe in it. I have had my cup ‘read’ on more than one occasion – all in the name of a good laugh though. It’s like palm reading – they give you vague statements such as “you will see fortune/misfortune/death/birth. But more seriously, I have had a number of ‘charms’ pressed on me. And charms dealt against me. That freaks me out.

    Comment by souvenirsandscars | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  9. LLOOLL Chirp/Mrm – I love to see either or both those names. 🙂 Your punishment might help them see things from another perspective, hmmm?

    S&S – We used to call it the fingernail factory, in Jordan and in Syria. 😦 Charms. I guess I am not a believer in charms. And then I have to think again – I wear a cross. On some level . . . I wonder if we all have charms, even unconsciously.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 10, 2009 | Reply

  10. Rapists should have their D&^% chopped off and then fed to themselves for breakfast lunch and dinner X( and yes their pictures and names should be published.

    Yeah you’d be surprised how popular sorcery is here, almost everyone is superstitious but 85,000 KD ?? wish I was a voodoo priest 😛

    Comment by Mathai | January 11, 2009 | Reply

  11. See my post about my friend who wanted to pay 800 KD for a dried fox vagina said to have magical powers.

    Comment by Desert Girl | January 11, 2009 | Reply

  12. Holy Smokes, Mathai! I am speechless.

    I remember that post, DG, LOL it would have to have a whole lot of “powers” for that kind of money. And what do you do if it doesn’t work? Do you get a money-back guarantee??

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 11, 2009 | Reply

  13. Desert girl

    800kd is rather a reasonable price for such a rarity.

    i mean a fox doesn’t usually have a vagina . it is the vixen that has it .


    Comment by daggero | January 12, 2009 | Reply

  14. LLLOOOOLLLLL, Daggero! Wolves, fox, . . . . you have an amazing amount of knowledge in your repetoire!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2009 | Reply

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