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Rape victim to be flogged. Where? Saudi Arabia, of course 22, January 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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I wonder when I’ll be able to stop writing about heinous violations of morality and human rights like this. Not overly soon, I fear.

Reports are emerging of a Philippine worker in Dammam, Saudi Arabia who was raped by a Bangladeshi coworker. In fear of her life were she to go to the police, she did not report the crime. Soon after, when it was discovered (…) that she was pregnant, her employers reported her to Saudi authorities for undertaking an illicit sexual relationship. Since this happened in September she has been in jail where the harsh conditions, she believes, caused her to miscarry. Based on previous cases of this type [*sigh*] it is expected that she will receive 100 lashes.

Hat Tip: al Bab

Lebanese reporter spared flogging in Saudi 26, October 2009

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The Lebanese reporter for LBC sentenced to 60 lashes for hosting a show in which a Saudi man discussed his sexual exploits has been spared the lashes by Saudi King Abdullah. Abdul Jawad, a divorced father of four, was not so lucky and has been sentenced to 1000 lashes and four years in prison. This is, however, lenient by Saudi Wahhabi standards as he could have theoretically faced the death penalty.

The only thing that, as far as I see, these two are guilt of is crass and utter stupidity. Discussing premarital sexual exploits, showing off how easy he found it to get a woman using his phone and displaying (blurred out) sex toys and lubricants on a TV show shown in the Kingdom seems to me to be essentially ludicrous.