Thursday, 15 November 2007

Something that turns my stomach

According to the Arab News newspaper, the 19-year-old woman, who is from Saudi Arabia's Shia minority, was gang-raped 14 times in an attack in the eastern province a year-and-a-half ago.

Seven men from the majority Sunni community were found guilty of the rape and sentenced to prison terms ranging from just under a year to five years.

But the victim was also punished for violating Saudi Arabia's laws on segregation that forbid unrelated men and women from associating with each other. She was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for being in the car of a strange man.

On appeal, the Arab News reported that the punishment was not reduced but increased to 200 lashes and a six-month prison sentence.

The rapists also had their prison terms doubled. But the sentences are still low considering they could have faced the death penalty.

The Arab News quoted an official as saying the judges had decided to punish the girl for trying to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.

The victim's lawyer was suspended from the case, has had his licence to work confiscated, and faces a disciplinary session. "

This is sick.
Because this 19 yr old has violated the segration of the sexes she is to be punished MORE than the defendants.
Ok - on appeal they have had their prison terms doubled, by why isnt it the rapists getting lashed?

Though I despair sometimes at some of the House of Lords decisions I read - namely
R v Brown and that twat Lord Templeman ( i am quite glad the boy is now in a heterosexual relationship) I am so MORE in despair for legal systems that want to enforce the separation of men and women!!!!

Perhaps a controversial topic, that is their culture etc, however it ISN'T what the media reports is distinclty false (perhaps even applying to this case)

For example I have an iranian friend who:
Drinks alcohol in Iran
and has access to illegal substances.

Even though BOTH are OUTLAWED. From my understanding it is not my friend just doing it but everyone! Additionally a lot of the youth are gay, and women like to sleep around!!!

Lost London Law Student
Despairing about controversial issues such as the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and Saudi Arabian laws that punish the victim.

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