JEDDAH – A 23-year-old unmarried woman was awarded a 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 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 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. (Source)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Saudi Woman Sentenced to 100 Lashes and a Year in Jail for Being Gang Raped
According to the Qur'an (24:4), a person can only be accused of sexual sin if there are four witnesses. (Of course, 24:6 allows a husband to count as all four witnesses if he wants to accuse his wife of adultery.) The results of Sharia have been disastrous. If a man rapes a woman, and there aren't four witnesses standing around watching, the woman cannot accuse the man. Indeed, if she accuses a man, but can't produce four witnesses, she will be flogged with 80 lashes. (In some areas, a woman will be murdered in an "honor killing" simply for being raped.) Hence, women who are raped in the Muslim world know that it is useless to report the rape. But some of these raped women become pregnant, at which point they are accused of fornication or adultery. Since women cannot, according to Sharia, prove that they have been raped, the rapists go free, and the women are punished.