Monday, November 26, 2007

More on Women and Islam

Attention Gloria Steinem and Naomi Wolf...

"...Saudi Arabia defended on Saturday a court's decision to sentence a woman who was gang-raped to 200 lashes, saying she was having an extramarital affair in violation of Islamic laws.

The case of the 19-year-old Shi'ite woman who was abducted and raped along with a male companion by seven men has drawn international attention. Even the United States, a close ally of the conservative kingdom, offered mild criticism of the verdict.

"The woman in the case is married and has confessed to establishing a relationship in violation of (Islamic) sharia law," the Saudi justice ministry said in a statement. It said she and her companion had been alone in a dark area outdoors, when they were noticed by the men who later raped them.

Ruling according to Saudi Arabia's strict reading of Islamic law, a court had originally sentenced the woman to 90 lashes for being alone with an unrelated man and the rapists to jail terms of up to five years.

Last week the Supreme Judicial Council increased the sentence to 200 lashes and six months in prison and ordered the rapists to serve between two and nine years in jail..." (source)

The article goes on to mention that "action was taken" against her lawyer also, but makes no mention of whether anything was done to the seven men that abducted her and gang raped her...an act that is obviously sanctioned by the Islamic law that governs Saudi Arabia.

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