19-Year-old Gang Rape Victim to Receive 200 Lashes and 6 Months in Jail in Saudi Arabia

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A Saudi Arabian woman must be accompanied by a male guardian — typically relative — at all times in public. The rape victim violated this law by meeting a friend to retrieve a picture.

A 19-year-old gang rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and to six months in jail for the crime of indecency and speaking to the press.

Saudi Arabia defended a controversial verdict sentencing a 19-year-old gang rape victim to 200 lashes and six months in jail. The Shi’ite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating Saudi Arabia’s rigid Islamic Sharia law on segregation of the sexes.

The decision handed down by the Saudi General Court more than doubled her sentence last week. The court also roughly doubled the prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping her, Saudi media said.

The upholding of a decision to punish the victim triggered international outcry.

Canada said it would complain to Saudi authorities about the sentence, described as “barbaric”’ by Jose Verger, the Canadian minister responsible for the status of women.

The New York based Human Rights Watch said the verdict “not only sends victims of sexual violence the message that they should not press charges, but in effect offers protection and impunity to the perpetrators.”

While not directly criticizing the Saudi Arabia’s judiciary, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, “I think when you look at the crime and the fact that now the victim is punished, I think that causes a fair degree of surprise and astonishment. It is within the power of the Saudi government to take a look at the verdict and change it.”

However, the Saudi judiciary stood by its decision. “The Ministry of Justice welcomes constructive criticism, away from emotions,” it said in a statement.

The statement also said that the “charges were proven” against the woman for having been in a car with a strange male, and repeated criticism of her lawyer for talking “defiantly” about the judicial system, saying “it has shown ignorance.”

The woman’s lawyer, Abdul Rahman al-Lahem, reached out to the media. The court has since banned him from further defending the woman, confiscating his license and summoning him to a disciplinary hearing later this month.

The justice ministry implied the victim’s sentence was increased because she had spoken out to the press. “For whoever has an objection on verdicts issued, the system allows to appeal without resorting to the media,” said the statement carried on the official Saudi Press Agency.

The rape took place in 2006. The victim said it occurred as she tried to retrieve her picture from a male high school student she used to know.

While in a car with the student, two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area. She said she was raped there by seven men, three of whom also attacked her friend.

The case was referred back to the General Court by an appeals court last summer, after the woman’s lawyer contested the initial verdict, saying it was too lenient for the rapists and unjust for the victim.

Editorial Footnote:  It was just brought to my attention that the male friend of the female in this occurrence was also raped and he received the same punishment as she did.


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16 comments:

  1. And this scumbag country is one of our biggest allies? Won't be long now, we'll be under the same long arm of the law. Just disguised as a different religion. SMH

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  2. Just a heads up about that Saudi rape story is ten years old. The woman and her acquaintance were never punished and both were pardoned in 2007. Iranian propaganda outlets re-release this story every month or so as part of their fight with the Saudis, and it often gets picked up by anti-Muslim campaigners.

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    1. Wow. Thank you for updating this.

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    2. Can you cite a credible source as to your comment?

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    3. I hope your right, cause I'm going with it. I'm gonna do a fact check first. I started looking for a date when this story was written, I couldn't find any, I kind of thought this was an old story,

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    4. The story if you read it says the rape took place in 2006. What more proof do you need?

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    5. It is referred to as the Qatif rape case - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatif_rape_case

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  3. Acinide backwards barbaric. Why punish the victim? If that is the case then bring back castration to men that commit this haneous crime that marks an innocent for eternity.

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  4. It is in America also, the victims go to jail. I wouldn't let pricks run me down with ATVs on my own property, I get arrested. My neighbor makes up a lie that I threw rocks and nails in her yard, tried to have me arrested, the cop changes her story to me going on her property and cut wires on her atv 9 months prior, I get arrested again, same cop. I file complaint against this dirty cop, he retaliates 10 days later by getting another neighbor to say I shot him with a shotgun, no evidence at all because it never happened. The cop makes up a failed gunshot residue test, and that becomes his only evidence and I get 479 days in prison and lost $71,000 fighting this in legal bills. Pennsylvania State Police, most corrupt scumbags in the country.

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  5. Shame on you even to compare the law in there with a casualties that no one even believe into!! Wow, you should immigrate to Saudi Arabia, you will be treated well there because you are an idiot male!!!

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  6. O Saudi Arabian, be compassionate! Do not beat the beaten. What wrong has she done? Had she been in the know of this untoward incident? The girl is innocent. The pains of a woman, a male does not feel it that from the same womb of hers he has sprung up.

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  7. I am generally opposed to violence but bombing the House of Saud into oblivion would be a good thing for the world. Not the civilians, just the royals.

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  8. This is one of the countries that as SOS sent weapons in exchange for a huge contribution to the Clinton Foundation. This is also the country that was involved in 9/11 but the US government is blocking any investigation. The attackers in 9/11 were Saudi citizens. One more reason to tell Clinton where to go, she is not fit to be president of anything except maybe the worthless womans club in federal prison.

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  9. Their law actually encourages men to rape women knowing women will be punished as well. That makes the offenders and victims equal.

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  10. The men of their country must lack all self control if women cannot walk among them unguarded.

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  11. Read the above comment from the IconoclasticWarrior. This story is 10 years old and the punishment pardoned in 2007. It is the anti-Muslim people that re-release this to stir the pot. Hopefully it means it is still not happening. We all need to be careful of what we read (bad or good news).



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