Our friends the Saudis

For those of you still wondering about what life will be like in the resurgent Islamic 7th century, here’s a bit more information, this time out of Saudi Arabia:

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.”

It also appears that more than the usual Islamic misogyny is at issue here.¬† The woman who was raped, and is now being subject to state torture is a member of S.A.’s minority Shiite community, while her rapists, who did get prison terms, are from the majority Sunni group.

God help all women in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Lulu

    Women are in burqas because it is believed that their sexuality is out of control. That is why this poor woman is perceived to be a guilty party in her own rape. That is also why, on your earlier entry listing abuse of women in Iran, among the women stoned to death for “adultery”, was a 13 year old who had “committed adultery” with her older brother. Of course, we here, would call it child molestation and rape, but this is what happens in lands where women are chattel.

    In a book I read years ago about the lives of women in Saudi Arabia, one story was told by an American doctor who had been working in a Saudi hospital after the oil boom. Hearing noises coming form the room of a comatose woman, the staff found the husband having sex with her comatose body, still attached to tubes. He felt no shame. He was asserting his manly rights, and she doing her duty by him. It made no difference whether she was conscious or not.

  • Lulu

    Since I seem to be the only one to comment on this post, I’ll add another 2 cents. Where is Amnesty International? Where are the women’s rights groups?

    It is truly Kafka-esque to see feminist leftists and gays marching against Israel, the only country in the Middle East in which they could could live a free lifestyle, in favor of the Palestinians, who share this hate-filled and oppressive ideology.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ ymarsakar

    Check with the Un staffers, Lulu. They might all be at one of those ubiquitous UN parties. Watch the children underfoot though, they only get paid if they get to their appointments on time.