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Punishment for sexual abuse

Fatwaa ID: 2190

Question:
Whats the punishment for a man who deceives a woman and forcefully do sexual things like kissing her (without committing rape) despite of her resistance and cry..
note he was her senior and there wasnt any relationship/affair between them

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We do not know the context of your question. Nonetheless, Shari’ah has not stipulated punishments for every crime out there but it has warned that justice will be served and punishment will be meted out. Allaah Ta’aala is the best of judges and we His trust His decision. Oppression and wronging others is not a minor issue. The consequences of it will be suffered in this world as well as the Hereafter.

Sexual assault, irrespective of how minor it may be, is a serious offense and will be punishable in this world and the next. In the Shari’ah courts, the exact punishment is left to the discretion of the qadhi. In the court of the Hereafter where Allaah Ta’aala will be the judge, the punishment is mentioned to be a tormentful punishment. One should resolve all matters that pertain to the rights of others in this world.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

08/21/1445 AH – 03/02/2024 CE | 903

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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