World-renowned author and professor of literature, Rashid al-Daif, stands accused of continuously raping one of his students over a period of four years. This began while he was 62 and she 19, the details of this (whatever could be mustered) to be found in the article below.
It’s rather sad to see such a prominent author and respected teacher, who’s been translated into multiple languages and been compared to the likes of Umberto Eco, stooping to so low a level and commit so heinous a deed, but the source article mentions that this story popped up from a random user on Facebook, which strikes me as rather dubious. That and privacy’s sanctity being next-to-nonexistent in a place like Beirut; almost anything that goes on here is bound to end up in everyone’s ears through the grapevine.
This isn’t to say that this is a flat-out fabrication, but do keep this in mind: there are two sides to the coin we call the truth, and until we figure out what side it lands on, we shouldn’t rush to make kneejerk assumptions and make total jackasses out of ourselves by pointing fingers, shouting slogans and so soon.
So until things fully come to light, sit tight and just wait for things to reveal themselves. That said,
Y’all take care now.
Update: Rachid al-Daif responds to the allegations: http://blogbaladi.com/lau-teacher-rachid-el-daif-replies-to-the-rape-allegations/