Punishing the victim, then punishing her more for protesting this

Just in case you were in too good a mood today, this should fix it for you:

A lawyer for a gang-rape victim in Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to 200 lashes and six-months in jail says the punishment contravenes Islamic law.The woman was initially punished for violating laws on segregation of the sexes – she was in an unrelated man’s car at the time of the attack.When she appealed, judges doubled her sentence, saying she had been trying to use the media to influence them.

Despite this, the woman and her lawyer are continuing to fight:

Her lawyer has been suspended from the case and faces a disciplinary session.Abdel Rahman al-Lahem told the BBC Arabic Service that the sentence was in violation of Islamic law:”My client is the victim of this abhorrent crime. I believe her sentence contravenes the Islamic Sharia law and violates the pertinent international conventions,” he said. “The judicial bodies should have dealt with this girl as the victim rather than the culprit.” The lawyer also said that his client his will appeal against the decision to increase her punishment.

Who knows what may happen to them as they continue their fight. (Thanks, Jender-Parents.)

4 thoughts on “Punishing the victim, then punishing her more for protesting this

  1. It is interesting in a grim way how private and public abuse can mirror one another. Victims of individual abuse usually find complaining makes it much worse, as does telling. Perhaps the common idea/instinct is to enforce the victim’s sense of hopelessness and unworthiness.

    BTW, according to Time’s Middle East Blog, the victim’s lawyer is a civil right hero who has fought many issues on the side of women.


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