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Raped Saudi Arabian Woman Gets 100 Lashes And No Abortion

by | 12th, February 2009

TO Saudi Arabia where a judge has ordered a woman to be be jailed for a year and receive 100 lashes after she was, as she claims, gang-raped.

To put a tin lid on the matter, the 23-year-old woman became pregnant as a result of the attack.

She claims a man took her to his Jeddah home and with fouth others attacked her.

Should she get an abortion? She tried to at the Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces.

Reports the Mail:

According to the Saudi Gazette, she eventually ‘confessed’ to having ‘forced intercourse’ with her attackers and was brought before a judge at the District Court in Jeddah. He ruled she had committed adultery – despite not even being married – and handed down a year’s prison sentence, which she will serve in a prison just outside the city.

She is still pregnant and will be flogged once she has had the child.

It all sounds terrible and fits with the narrative of the woman hating Middle East. This from 2007:

A woman in Saudi Arabia sentenced to six months in jail and 200 lashes despite being gang raped has confessed to adultery, the justice ministry said as it tried to fend off mounting criticism.

Despite being sexually assaulted by seven men who kidnapped her with a male companion at knifepoint, the unidentified 19 year-old woman was sentenced in November 2006 to 90 lashes.

But what if the woman made up the story of gang rape to hide an affair? The Gazette doea not say what happened to the man nor his accomplices. This is a story looked at through the wrong end of a telescope.

Lashing a woman is terrible. A year in choky for falling pregnant outside marriage is a travesty. But if convicted of rape, the man is put to death.

Adultery is the most serious of crimes. If the guilty party is married, he or she is sentenced to death by stoning, beheading, or shooting. Stoning is the usual method of punishment. Proof of this crime must be established by confession or by four witnesses to the act.

Witnesses to the act of adultery? Isn’t that a live bed show or a swingers club?

This story is incomplete. The woman appears to us as a victim. But the law in Saudi seems to boii down to “No smoke without fire.”

And isn’t that the knee-jerk reaction Mail readers abide by..?



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