A Saudi judge has ordered a woman should be jailed for a year and receive 100 lashes after she was gang-raped, it was claimed last night.
The 23-year-old woman, who became pregnant after her ordeal, was reportedly assaulted after accepting a lift from a man.
He took her to a house to the east of the city of Jeddah where she was attacked by him and four of his friends throughout the night.
According to the judge’s ruling, the woman committed adultery. The fact that she’s not married apparently didn’t get in the way of that ruling. Actually, she “confessed” to the crime of having “forced intercourse.” (Yeah, that’s “rape” here in the US.) The woman became pregnant as a result of the attack and the court has graciously allowed her to carry to term and give birth before they handcuff her to a post and whip her 100 times with a leather bullwhip.
It’s times like these that I recall all the “diversity training” I’ve been required to attend and the inevitable presence of some woman with a glaring eye searching endlessly for the slightest thing that might possibly be offensive to some woman somewhere. I recall the various marches downtown and the picketing over some feminist issue or another. Where are those women, those marchers, those picketers now? Shouldn’t they be in front of the Saudi Embassy or shouting at their elected reps or flooding the media (print, radio, and TV) with demands that we loudly condemn such actions?
I know I do and I say so when I get the opportunity. Where, I wonder, are they?
Update: Apparently I’m not alone in asking the question. NOW keeps getting mentioned as an organization that’s got this sort of thing in their sights. This story says otherwise.