Amir Mohebbifar, 27, pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of the 19-year-old woman in an brutal early morning attack on Sydney’s Anzac Bridge on January 16 last year.
Mohebbifar admitted he had pushed the young woman into bushes on a pathway leading up to the bridge in Pyrmont and then proceeded to rape her.
The university-educated Mohebbifar, who came from a middle-class Iranian family, told a psychologist that Western women were “portrayed as whores” in Iran.
Esmatullah Sharifi, an Afghan refugee, offered an Australian woman a ride home and then put his right hand around her neck and his left hand over her mouth and raped her. Sharifi’s lawyers claimed that due to cultural differences he was confused about the nature of consent.
Apparently, getting into his car was considered consent - although it doesn't explain why he had to put his hands over her mouth and around her neck.
This wasn’t Sharifi’s first misunderstanding of the difference between rape and sex. He had already been sentenced to 7 years in jail for raping an Australian teenager on Christmas Day in 2008.
The sentencing judge rejected Sharifi’s excuse, but a court of appeals judge found that claiming cultural differences was a valid basis for an appeal.
Even after spending time in prison for rape? One would think cultural differences would cease to be a valid reason for appeal after a year or two in Australia.
In the Ashfield rapes, four Pakistani brothers raped eighteen women and girls. Their father urged that his sons be pardoned because they “did not know the culture of this culture.”
One of the brothers appealed his sentence arguing that he had committed the rapes based on cultural differences with how Pakistani girls behaved. The older brother said in court that only now that he had gained a “better understanding of Australian culture” did he finally realize that rape was wrong.
Explaining why he had raped one girl, he said, “She was not related to us and she was not wearing any Purdah, like she was not… covered her face, she was not wearing any headscarf.”
Muslim culture is indeed far more tolerant of rape and intolerant of women. Which should raise serious questions about the fate of women when that culture is exported by immigrants to the West.
It seems the government of Australia, and other countries for that matter, need to go into mosques and explain that rape is not an acceptable form of entertainment in western society. And they need to explain that western women cannot be held accountable to Sharia or any other Muslim laws.
If it were up to me, I would follow that with a threat that if Muslim men don't stop raping western women, that Islam will be declared as being against human rights, and law and order, and it will be assumed that mosques are incapable or unwilling to teach basic human rights. Consequently, every mosque in the country will be burned to the ground, and no new mosques will be permitted to be built. Also, public Muslim prayer would be forbidden. Then call out the army!