A 19-year old woman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is facing 200 lashes of the whip and 6 months in prison. What is her crime? She “allowed” herself to be raped by 7 men. Initially, her sentence was to be 90 lashes for daring to violate Islam’s strict code of conduct between the sexes, but after her lawyer argued in court against the cruel punishment, it was more than doubled. She’s also being punitively punished for daring to speak to the press about the horrible situation.
The men involved in the rape are being held to less than half of her sentence. I guess we’re lucky they’re being punished at all, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were simply released with a pat on the back by the absurdly sexist Sharia court. This has sparked international outrage. Canadian Minister of Human Rights, Jose Verger, calls the sentence “barbaric” and vowed to complain strenuously to Saudi Arabia regarding it’s legal system. Human Rights watch says that the sentence “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.” 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.”
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. So not only does the court have no interest in hearing from her lawyer, now they’re disciplining him for daring to defend a woman. I guess he’s lucky he’s not female or he’d be getting whipped right next to his former client.
Of course, this is hardly the first time something like this happened, it’s very common for women who are raped, beaten or otherwise molested to be treated to a much more harsh sentence than the men that were guilty of the crime. It’s absurd how many Muslims claim to be following the Religion of Peace when their faith proves them to be nothing more than animals. Fuck Islam. I hope you all rot in the Religious Horror Show.