Female rape victim gets 200 lashes, and six months jail.
November 16, 2007 08:45am
A COURT in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail.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.
Last year, the court sentenced six Saudi men to between one and five years in jail for the rape as well as ordering lashes for the victim, a member of the minority Shi'ite community.
But the woman's lawyer Abdul Rahman al-Lahem appealed, arguing that the punishments were too lenient in a country where the offence can carry the death penalty.
In the new verdict issued on Wednesday, the Al-Qatif court also toughened the sentences against the six men to between two and nine years in prison.
The case has angered members of Saudi Arabia's Shi'ite community. The convicted men are Sunni Muslims, the dominant community in the oil-rich Gulf state.
Ms Lahem, also a human rights activist, said yesterday the court had banned him from handling the rape case and withdrew his licence to practise law because he challenged the verdict.
He said he has also been summoned by the ministry of justice to appear before a disciplinary committee in December.
Ms Lahem said the move might be due to his criticism of some judicial institutions, and "contradicts King Abdullah's quest to introduce reform, especially in the justice system.''
King Abdullah last month approved a new body of laws regulating the judicial system in Saudi Arabia, which rules on the basis of sharia, or Islamic law.
Seriously, any of our female readers intent on popping over to Saudi Arabia for a quick shag should take note, that, an unwanted stray dog in the western world receives more compassion than a mere female in a fundamentalist Muslim environment.
in any of the sydney club carparks 100s of them. girls get bonked very much even on fridays ossieland much gooder than arab lands for bonking
i think we should send pigs to Soudi arabia instead of sheep when we dont need there#@$#&^%$# oil, them wogs will get hungry and eat any shit
Karim: That is not news mate. Its been going on since the horse drawn chariots. then your bloke big AL came along in 622 and stuffed up the party, I mean for you blokes. Its a good thing Germaine Greer didn't come to power she would have all us blokes testimonials going through the mangle.
Wally: Not sure I can help with your suggestion. Maybe you could become a pork chop salesman in Mecca.
This is horrific, I feel so sorry for that poor woman, this would never happen in my country.
Fools rush in
where angels fear to tread
dont try to understand the muslim psyche
u wont succeed
Wally: The next time you post a comment here , please refrain from the terms Wog, Pom, Wop or as in your case Abo. or any of those 4 letter words. If you want to do something useful get your mates together at your next Saturday arvo Barby or Corroboree and rattle up a rain dance or two; the breweries are running short of water. BTW , dont cheat and wait for a weather forecast.
Hello Fatima: a beautiful name!
Fatima, I lived and worked in Malaysia, and was married in Malaysia to my wife Rosemary on June 20 1953 who gave birth to our first son in S -pore 23-9-54.
Most of our friends were Muslim. Our neighbour was was a Malay civil servant, who loved the smell of eggs and bacon cooking.
We lived at 1B Larong 1, Jalan Storey. Johore Bahru. Johore. Our servant was Puteh Binte Anam, our best friend Abdul Karim Bin Anang (Tom) I visited him in 1960 and my family visited him again in 1986 he died shortly after.
We wrote to each for over thirty years and still have some of his letters written in beautiful copperplate style.
BTW our Malay neighbours daughters were Aiziza? and Fatima.Hmm. And they were beautiful too.
Thanks for calling.
Wally : thanks, it is raining hard, really chucking it down.
I read that USA soldiers gang raped some farmer's wife in Vietnam and when they were done they detonated a grenade in woman's vagina and tell the husband that he is free now.
Every war and every religion has much hidden sick desires. Christians ain't no better not now in Iraq and not in past through slavery. When it comes to rape Christians raped far more children & women.
All humanitarian laws within non Muslim and most other forward thinking countries are based on the present requirements to maintain peace and good order.
Male dominated cruel and stupid inane sharia law is disgusting as it is fear driven, insane lunatic gun firing out of control mobs demonstrate the stupidity and uncontrollable followers of islam.
Btw , I have a rat who is hiding in my garden shed, the kids have named it ALLAH.
ps, I am not a Christian, simply a nice pleasant person.
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