Posted Friday, December 4, 2011, 8:02 PM
As described in a somewhat euphemistically-written article by Adnan Shabrawi for the Saudi Gazette, punishment has been determined for a 23-year-old Saudi gang-rape victim for the crime she apparently committed.
According to Shabrawi’s article, which seems for some reason reluctant to use the word “rape”: “A 23-year-old unmarried woman was awarded one-year prison term and 100 lashes for committing adultery and trying to abort the resultant fetus.”
Additionally, according to Shabrawi’s article:
The District Court in Jeddah pronounced the verdict on Saturday after the girl confessed that she had a forced sexual intercourse with a man who had offered her a ride. The man, the girl confessed, took her to a rest house, east of Jeddah, where he and four of friends assaulted her all night long.
The girl claimed that she became pregnant soon after and went to King Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces in an attempt to carry out an abortion. She was eight weeks’ pregnant then, the hospital confirmed.
According to the ruling, the woman will be sent to a jail outside Jeddah to spend her time and will be lashed after delivery of her baby who will take the mother’s last name.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Bill Clinton, the current Secretary of State, took the rare opportunity this weekend to make a strong statement about the treatment of women in a Middle Eastern country. Mrs. Bill Clinton spoke out against the apparent mistreatment of women in ……. Israel.
Among the comments left to Shabrawi’s story at the Saudi Gazette website were the following:
“Horace Kindler”: “Another example of the barbarity and injustice of the judge. The woman is raped and she is the one punished. Was anything done to apprehend the five men? Is anything done to free her from having an unwanted pregnancy and child? What a mockery!”
“Michael Martin”: “A person’s human rights come before any religion. No woman should ever be punished for a rape. It’s time for muslim people to come into the 21st century.”
“Inka”: “Please tell this girl that other women in the world are sorry she had to be put through such a traumatic ordeal. It’s not fair that she be convicted for something she obviously had no choice in. If she was assaulted, then she didn’t want it, therefore was raped. It’s like charging a man who was beaten to within an inch of this life with assault and battery. And to be forced to carry her rapists’ child is more horrible. It’s a shame such injustice exists in our world.”
“Susie of Arabia”: “Why don’t you just call a spade, a spade? The article pussyfoots around using the correct term for what happened to this unfortunate woman – and that is RAPE. Saying that the woman ‘confessed’ to a ‘forced sexual intercourse’ sounds so ridiculous. In any other civilized society, she is NOT the one who did something wrong – only in Saudi Arabia! Mr. Shabrawi obviously needs a better command of the English language, since he also misused the term ‘adultery’ too.” (To which there was an Editor’s Note in response, saying “Thanks for your comment. Our reporter used the term the court used to hand down its verdict. The court ruling did not mention it as a ‘rape incident.’ The court, however, did not release further details about its decision. We just report the story like it is told. Thanks.”)
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