Thursday, November 15, 2007

Saudi punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes

Saudi punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes
A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 19-year-old woman -- whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms -- was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for "being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape," the Arab News reported.

But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia's Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.

A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for "her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media."

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict Islamic doctrine known as Wahhabism and forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and forces them to cover head-to-toe in public.

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1 Comment:

Lysol said...

This story is sad, but what's even sadder is not a single US politician will stand up and condemn this barbaric society. So long as we get their oil, the politicians(both liberals and conservatives) will continue to turn a blind eye to this kind of thing.

It's time to stop the love affair with the House of Saud and start playing hardball.