A Bahraini man was jailed for three months yesterday after being convicted of torturing a Bangladeshi employee. The sentence will be suspended if the 26-year-old fish trap maker pays a BD300 fine. He had been charged with assault and injuring the worker, the Lower Criminal Court heard. The 35-year-old victim told police that the man had come into his room in Janussan on the night of October 19, 2002. He said that the man tied him up with a rope, beat him and then gave him electric shocks.This guy has only been sentenced to three months of jail, which he can avoid by paying a measly BD300 fine!! Here is the stupidest thing though. Apparently:
He said he was trying to frighten the worker so he did not run away.That is the dumbest logic I've heard in a while. Where does someone get the idea that the best way to keep your employees from running away is to beat and electrocute them? Come on... people like this should not be let out on to the streets. They really need to be seeing a doctor to get their frustrations out, before they go and harm anyone else.
But I'm sure that the judge who passed the measly sentence probably complained a few weeks back about how evil the American torturers at Abu Ghraib were. Yet somehow, we're able to let incidents like these pass by without notice. Even the people who complain about Bahrainis being tortured at the hands of the mercenaries will probably not take much notice here. The sad thing is that the only justice that the Bangadeshi victim is likely to see is his employer being fined BD300, and an article in the GDN. But then again, that is much more justice than most Bangladeshis here will ever enjoy.