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Raped for reading the Bible

4/17/07 Australia (for the full story, go to the Daily Telegraph) AN Iraqi man allegedly raped a Muslim woman as “punishment” for reading the Bible, saying, “let your Jesus help you”, a court heard yesterday.

Campbelltown District Court was told Abdul Reda Al Shawany twice sexually assaulted the woman, a practising Muslim who wears a hijab, after they met at a railway station.

He said when the woman came to Australia from the Middle East she began listening to Christian teachers and reading the Bible.

He said the woman had received threats from members of her faith for reading the Bible but had not converted to Christianity.

It is alleged she met Al Shawany, who she had first met overseas, at Warwick Farm railway station in September, 2002, after he told her he had some mail for her from overseas.

Al Shawany allegedly then took her to a Warwick Farm unit and pushed her in the head as she entered.

“She was wearing a hijab. The accused grabbed the hijab, the veil, and pulled it tight across her mouth,” Mr O’Brien told the court.

“She fell to the floor and she couldn’t scream because she had a hijab tight across her mouth.”