Sunday, November 18, 2007

Violent Verdict for a Victorious Victim

A 19 year old woman meets with a former beau to get back her photos. They are chanced upon by seven men who abduct and rape both of them. The rapists get sentences ranging from 10 months to 5 years. The woman gets 90 lashes for meeting with an unrelated male.

Sounds incredible? This is in the 6th century? This is a paradise for rapists? "No" on the first two questions and most probably a "yes" for the third.

There exists a strict Islamic doctrine known as Wahhabism, which forbids the association of unrelated men and women. This case was heard last year, but the woman's lawyer appealed the verdict, arguing that the sentences of the rapists were too lenient where the crime merits a death sentence. And last Wednesday, the appeal was upheld, a victory was obtained! The sentences were increased ranging from 2 to 9 years.

But here's the rub: The woman's sentence was increased to 200 lashes plus 6 months jail time. The reason? She was punished for "...her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media..."

Isn't this dandy! Welcome to Saudi Arabia! Rape victims better not complain or you'll get whipped in addition to the violent sexual assault! Only masochists would find pleasure in this. Only sadists would inflict more punishment for the victim.

The 90 lashes were never appealed since it is a clear violation of an antiquated doctrine that is a relic of a bygone age. Clearly, a rape victim opens up more wounds in seeking justice, only to get a verdict so outmoded and disgusting. This doctrine does not protect and respect women, it restricts them and regards them as totally inferior to men.

Women tourists and visitors to Saudi Arabia should follow these safety tips: work out and develop a muscular physique; grow chest hair; grow a mustache' or a beard; wear pants and plant a dildo in the crotch; smoke cigars; get an Elvis Presley haircut or a Demi Moore bald head; don't bathe and wear perfume, better if you reek of cheap gin; eat raw onions and don't brush your teeth; and, learn how to hump a camel.

This is the only way a woman will survive this place. Have a memorable visit and try hard to enjoy your stay. And if you think the reforms promised by King Abdullah on the regulated judicial system is in sight, better wake up fast as this will happen only in your dreams. Wake up, I say. Wake up! What, you wanna be raped too!


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