The 19-year old Saudi victim of a gang rape is to receive 200 lashes and jail time for the crime of being alone with men who weren’t her relatives at the time the attack occurred. The attackers get a few years in jail apiece.
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.”
Originally, she had “only” been sentenced to 90 lashes, but, because she and her attorney dared to appeal for justice, she gets her torture more than doubled and gets jail time. And all this on top of being raped. This is justice under the Islamic code of sharia law.
Remember that, the next time someone tells you the world would be a better placed if governed by it.
AFTERTHOUGHT: And I imagine it’s no coincidence that the victim is a Shiite, the oppressed minority sect in Sunni/Wahhabi-ruled Saudi Arabia.