Really, why would anyone say such a thing?
Sheik Hilali, Australia’s Mufti since 1989, was quoted as saying: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the back yard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it… whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem.”
He added: “If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab [Islamic headscarf], no problem would have occurred.”
The Egyptian-born Sheik also appeared to refer to a series of notorious gang rapes in Sydney by a group of Lebanese Muslim men who received long prison sentences. He said there were women who “sway suggestively”, and wore make-up and immodest dress, “and then you get a judge without mercy [who] gives you 65 years… but the problem all began with who?”
Let me state this – I am not surprised by the stupidity of the remark. People all over the world have the most absurd opinions about what women should do, eat and wear. Comparing a woman to meat is almost kind. But what amazes me is that the man lacks advisers who shake their grave heads and tell him that it’s not the right time to shoot yourself in the foot. I am not really angry, just very amused by the combination of bad-timing and poor-wording. I mean Ramadan just got over, and all that fasting must have really put food high on a slipping tongue. Tut! Tut!