Punishment for Gang Rape Victim- Saudi Style

Many Saudis feel that their country is unfairly represented in Western media. There are biases for sure and some journalists/media outlets undoubtedly unfairly focus on KSA.

Part of problem however are the incidents that actually happen. Child marriages have recently been getting international attention but “Saudi-style justice” is not limited to children.

A story from the Saudi Gazette is posted below in its entirety (bold added for emphasis).

Girl gets a year in jail, 100 lashes for adultery

By Adnan Shabrawi

JEDDAH – 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.
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. – Okaz/SG

What the article delicately calls “forced sexual intercourse” is called rape by everyone else. Five people “assaulted her all night long” is called gang rape by everyone else.

What is outrageous is that the women who was gang raped is going to lashed and jailed. The sentencing in this case is similar to the case of the Qatif girl last year. Let’s see if human rights agencies pick up this story or not.

12 Responses

  1. Whlie rape and gang rape does occur, probably everywhere in the world, I can’t help but wonder about the veracity of this poor woman’s account.

    What young, unmarried woman in her right mind would accept a ride from a man, in Saudi Arabia? Then, if she were repeatedly raped, why did she not go to straight to the hospital for examination and confirmation of the fact? I can understand that she’d be ashamed of how she got into the situation, but could she have concocted the story to cover a love affair?

    In any event, your point is well taken. Assuming that her story is true, what country in its right mind would add insult to injury by punishing a crime victim as if she were the ciminal?

  2. The reason why this is not filed under “rape” maybe because the girl went to the man’s place without hesitating. Or else I dont see why the girl, like Marahm mentioned, wouldnt take this as an excuse for the affair.

  3. Marahm and HishMaj: I am merely going by the words of the article.

    The wording by the journalist makes a huge difference in the way people accept/perceive the story. The article could easily have said that the woman claimed that she was raped but they didn’t- they called it “forced sexual intercourse”.

    Not only that, apparently the verdict came only after her confession to rape. According to shariah a rape victim is to be believed, even if she does not have witnesses to corroborate her case. In the case of zina/adultery, the onus of proof is on the one doing the accusing, not the one defending themselves.

    We know nothing about the man- for all we know he was the friend of her father and she took a ride with him.

    Marahm, a women claiming to be raped isn’t necessarily believed around here. If she reports it she will be punished as much as her attackers because she “put herself in that situation”. It makes it really hard to actually report the crime.

    BTW, if the women had an affair, then surely BOTH the man and the women should be punished? Not just the woman, and not just because she’s pregnant

    the qatif case
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatif_girl_rape_case
    http://saudijeans.org/2007/11/27/the-qatif-girl-again/

  4. OnigiriFB,

    I think despicable, horrifying and horrendous might be better adjectives for such a situation.

    This is disturbing. So much for “utopian” Shari’a law.

  5. The problem is that the woman for any reason is going to jail. This is insane. The reason the KSA gets such bad press is because it is backward cruel nation. There are no HUMAN rights in the KSA!!!!

  6. The good side of the story is that they will wait for her to deliver the baby before they lash her, that is very humane and considerate, i got emotional when i read that

  7. This is appalling. Yes, the child marriages (an eight year old to a 47 year old man recently) have been in the news in the US. Insanity.

  8. Another unbelievable KSA news story that blames the woman. The bad rap KSA gets is deserved in cases like this. So unfair.

  9. Hareega: After YOU receive 100 lashes I will ask which of those 100 you considered “humane and considerate.”

  10. It is quite common for women not go to the authotities in civilised countries after a rape, I’d think it very unlikely you’d go trotting to the ”authorities” after a rape in KSA.

    It’s disgusting. and the evil bastards get away with nothing I suppose? Increadible, in other countries she would get counseling, in KSA she gets extra torture.
    This seems to be the usual way the saudi ”courts” deal with rape-victims?
    It would surprise me if any rape would get reported?

  11. one of the things that noone has yet appeared to notice is that if the girl was a saudi she would not get this punishment, she is probably a poor servant who happens to be muslim.Noonedeserves such a punishment regardless.It is inhimane.
    Oneof our Philipino workers here was lashed for drinking with a man and sent home, she was in a room with others including Sauids who wrre not punished. Think of the hundreds of Philipino workers huddled under the bridgesin jeddah because their Saudi employers won’t return their passports after their sons finished with their servant ( yes they are often hired to keep the sons “happy” and if they inconveniently get pregneant they are cast off without passports.Slavery abolishes Oh yeah?

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