A Muslim refugee on trial in Australia for raping a 10-year-old boy told the judge he did not know it was a wrongful act, as doing such is “culturally appropriate” in his homeland of Myanmar.
The Daily Telegraph reports, via the Daily Mail, that 20-year-old Mufiz Rahaman told Sydney’s Downing Centre Court that sexually assaulting children was not viewed as morally wrong in his country of origin, as he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault.
Rahaman and the boy, also a refugee, are stateless Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority of “people considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh by the Buddhist-majority in Myanmar—who came to Australia to flee religious persecution,” according to the Daily Mail.
Rahaman attacked the 10-year-old boy while they were living among a community of refugees, including the boy’s father, in the southwest Sydney suburb of Lakemba.
The rapist argued he was completely unaware of his wrongdoings throughout the trial:
Rahaman told the court he had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child before he moved to Australia.
Judge Andrew Scotting said Rahaman failed to understand his actions would ‘physically’ and ‘psychologically damage’ his young victim.
He also said Rahaman, who insisted he thought sexual assault was not seen as morally wrong in his homeland, had not accepted responsibility for his actions and demonstrated a ‘lack of morality’, according to the Daily Telegraph.
‘There is a need for specific deterrence … The offence appears to have been (viewed) as being culturally acceptable conduct in the offender’s childhood,’ Judge Scotting said.
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