Muslim girl stoned to death for joining beauty contest
By now, news of Katya Koren being stoned to death for going against Shariah law are widespread. It has angered Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The Daily Mail reported that 3 Muslim youths were responsible for the murder. One of the three suspects, named as 16-year-old Bihal Gaziev, was quoted as telling police that Katya had “violated the laws of Sharia,” and that he has no regrets about her death.
Now, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Chairman Mustafa Abdülcemil Qırımoğlu, commonly known as Mustafa Cemiloğlu in Turkey, said the detained teenager, who is of Crimean Tatar descent, was pressured by police into accepting the blame for the murder. He was quoted as saying, “The killing was covered in a distorted way, as if it was a religiously motivated murder, by the media around the world.”[pullquote_left]“The killing was covered in a distorted way, as if it was a religiously motivated murder, by the media around the world.”[/pullquote_left]
It appears that Katya Koren is not even Muslim in the first place! Ukrainian officials like Qırımoğlu say that Koren is actually a Christian with Russian roots. He adds, “The girl was not Muslim. All these [reports] are a provocation and fabricated news.”
In a news conference in Simferopol, a senior policeman involved in the case, Sergei Reznikov is quoted by theTelegraph as saying. “A student did it, killing his classmate. There is no other underlying reason, neither religious nor linked with inter-ethnic conflicts.” It has now come to light that the boy is a psychologically disturbed classmate and did not do it in the name of Shariah.
Thank you muzlimbuzz.sg for giving us the other side of the story. I did find the news piece to be suspicious when I first read it on Yahoo news Singapore. A 16-year-old claiming to have done it under sharia law?
However, sadly, the damage has already been done and many non-Muslims have already read the article, cementing their views on Islam as a brutal and sadistic religion. Would it be possible for muslimbuzz.sg to send a strongly-worded letter to Yahoo news Singapore? I think it’s high time we took matters into our own hands and give this irresponsible news provider a piece of our mind.
How many strongly-worded letters would we have to send? I doubt Yahoo news Singapore is the only “irresponsible” one. This is precisely why Muzlimbuzz was set up : to have our voices heard, and to provide a credible news alternative. InsyaAllah once our presence is felt, other news providers will be more mindful of their reporting.