Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rape Victim Sentenced To Endure 200 Lashes

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.

The additional 110 lashes were added due to the woman's use of the media to aggravate the judicial system. The attackers jail time was increased as well to 2-9 years from 1-5.

The woman was punished for breaking a law in Saudi Arabia which prohibits women from associating with unrelated men.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you think it is fair for the woman to endure punishment for her crime under the law of her land?
-Do you think the punishment for those who gang-raped her is sufficient?
-Do you think the media is spinning the facts concerning the woman's punishment?
-What is the benefit of not having men and women who are unrelated associate with one another?

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