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Gang raped woman sentenced to prison, one hundred lashes

Please read and make your comments.This article was sent to me by my cousin who works in Saudi Arabia and I thought it would be good to share. I think the sentence passed for this woman is too harsh. How come the men go scot free? This is really dehumanizing for Saudi women. I can imagine other scenarios which are not even mentioned. What did women do to deserve all this? I believe Pulsewire has come at the the right moment for many women who are caged in their outdated cultural practices. Let us support these voiceless women in any way possible.

Carol

Gang-raped woman sentenced to prison, one hundred lashes
According to the judge, the woman is guilty of adultery and of accepting a ride from a stranger. Following her rape, she became pregnant, and will finish her pregnancy in prison. The one hundred lashes will be given after her baby is born.

Jeddah (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The victim of sexual violence after which she became pregnant, a 23-year-old Saudi woman has been condemned to one year in prison, and 100 lashes. The news has been reported by the Saudi newspaper Saudi Gazette, which says that the judge punished the woman because she is guilty of "adultery," having accepted "a ride from a stranger." The man and his friends abused her the entire night.

The court of the district of Jeddah handed down the sentence after the unmarried woman "confessed to having forced intercourse with a man who offered her a ride." According to the young woman's testimony, he took her to a house east of Jeddah, and, together with four friends, abused her the entire night.

Following the rape, the woman became pregnant; she was eight weeks pregnant when she went to the military King Fahd Hospital. According to the judge, the woman is guilty of "adultery" simply because she is not married, and she has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The hundred lashes will be given after she delivers the baby; the child will take his mother's last name. In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive, and can ride in a car only if they are accompanied by a husband or relative. In recent days, Saudi princess Amira al-Tawil, wife of prince Al Walid Bin Talal, had defended the right to drive for all women in the country

Comments

Maria de Chirikof's picture

need for change

It is why I really love this place where we can all stand together so other woman know they are not alone and we care and our trying to change things.

I was looking at the Saudi Gazette (looked it up on Google) and saw this article:

JEDDAH – The Summary Court in Jeddah has sentenced an Asian expatriate to 40 lashes for using a cloth with Allah’s name on it to clean his kiosk.
The man was arrested by a patrol in Obhur and charged with desecrating the name of Allah. The court also took from the accused an undertaking not to repeat the act. – Okaz/SG

So where is the consistency and where do they place their values? We have time since they said they will wait until after she has her baby to do something for her personally but we really need to bring awareness so no other woman has to go through it. It seems incredible that a man gets 40 lashes for one thing that is a part of their religion but she gets 100 for being raped.

What message are they saying about their country that they do not realize? Am I sitting here in Alaska and reading this to think that all human kindness has gone from that country where her only sin was accepting a ride from a stranger? I know it is not true, of course, but it is part of the message that gets sent when things like this happen and if it is pointed out to them then it might help change things.

I applaud Amira al-Tawil, a Saudi princess (sorry, I do not know the correct way to address such people) so maybe we can send her this story and let her know all over the world are woman who care about what happens there!

Maria

ShukThi's picture

Incredible but sadly, not uncommon

Thank you for posting this, Carol. By the way, am I addressing you correctly? I am not sure if it is Carol or Carole.

All over the world, for a very long time now, there has always been one law for men and one law for women when it comes to sex. It looks different from region to region, culture to culture, that is all.

But what a horrible human rights violation in the name of cultural autonomy.

Soumya

Carole's picture

Any can do

Hi Soumya,
I have no problem whichever way you choose to spell my name. Caroline can be written in various ways. So worry not. Whichever you find easier, go ahead.

Thanks all the same for your input in my posts. trust you are all fired up for your final assignment.Enjoy your Easter break. Am not sure whether you celebrate this holiday.

cheers,
Carol

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