Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Saudis defend punishment for rape victim (Islam's Blaming the Victim)

Saudis defend punishment for rape victim (Islam's Blaming the Victim)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi judiciary on Tuesday defended a court verdict
that sentenced a 19-year-old victim of a gang rape to six months in jail and 200
lashes because she was with an unrelated male when they were attacked.


The Shiite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes
after being convicted of violating Saudi Arabia's rigid Islamic law requiring
segregation of the sexes.

But in considering her appeal of the verdict,
the Saudi General Court increased the punishment. It also roughly doubled prison
sentences for the seven men convicted of raping the woman, Saudi news media said
last week.

The reports triggered an international outcry over the Saudis
punishing the victim of a terrible crime.

But the Ministry of Justice
stood by the verdict Tuesday, saying that "charges were proven" against the
woman for having been in a car with a man who was not her relative.

The
ministry implied the victim's sentence was increased because she spoke out to
the press. "For whoever has an objection on verdicts issued, the system allows
an appeal without resorting to the media," said the statement, which was carried
on the official Saudi Press Agency.

The attack occurred in 2006. The
victim says she was in a car with a male student she used to know trying to
retrieve a picture of her. She says two men got into the car and drove them to a
secluded area where she was raped by seven men. Her friend also was assaulted.

Justice in Saudi Arabia is administered by a system of religious courts
according to the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Judges
have wide discretion in punishing criminals, rules of evidence are vague and
sometimes no defense lawyer is present. The result, critics say, are sentences
left to the whim of judges. A rapist, for instance, could receive anywhere from
a light sentence to death.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack
avoided directly criticizing the Saudi judiciary over the case, but said the
verdict "causes a fair degree of surprise and astonishment."

"It is
within the power of the Saudi government to take a look at the verdict and
change it," McCormack said.

Canada's minister for women's issues, Jose
Verger, has called the sentence "barbaric."

The New York-based Human
Rights Watch said the verdict "not only sends victims of sexual violence the
message that they should not press charges, but in effect offers protection and
impunity to the perpetrators."


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071121/ap_on_re_mi_ea/saudi_rape

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Blogger For All Women Foundation said...

It isn't only the Saudis who punish the victims in rape cases. This happens in many countries where "honor" killings are prevalent, including Jordan.

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

7:29 PM  

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Israel should have [a long time ago] press the UN for:
1) Condemming Arab Muslim 'Palestinian' parents, teachers, leaders, Mullahs, for using Arab kids as human shields and as human bombs, clarifying the real culprits in Arabs' deaths.
2) Violations by ILLEGAL PA Arabs "settlers" on Israel's "agreed" borders by the UN.
3) "Palestinian" Violation of virtually ALL agreemants pacts with Israel (Oslo, Camp David, etc.).
4) The PA official media & education = hate (crimes) campaign on "the joos", (not just on Israel...).
5) Exposing the constant intimdation on nations by the GOLIATH ARAB MUSLIM (oil) block, to tarnish innocent Israel in the UN.

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TO THE ARAB MUSLIM ANTI-ISRAEL PROPAGANDIST:

1) Are you denying that the Arab racist attacks on Jews in Israel/"palestine" has started since 1838 (Safed) [so were the attacks in 1883, 1920, 1921, 1929 - Hebron, etc.]?

2) Had Israel be a (mostly) Arab-Muslim State, would the intolerant Arab-Muslim Goliath world not accept them?

3) Why is there a complete silence on the historical fact of Arab immigration late 1800s early 1900s into Israel/"palestine"?

4) What anti-Israel bigotry is stronger, the "Arab racism"; factor? or the 'Islamic-Jihad' factor?

5) 'Moral equivalence' Do you have Arab activists on behalf of Israeli victims, just like you have Jewish, Israeli, Zionists activists for the (so called) 'Palestinian cause' (whatever that is...)?

6) If humane Israel would really go after "unarmed poor palestinians" as the 'Pallwood' propagandists tell us, How many Arabs would have survived Israel's might?

7) Who's more at fault, the Arab Muslim "Palestinians" parents pushing for Shahid-isim, or the indoctrinating Mullahs, Imams in the holy Mosques for using "Palestinian" kids and women as human bombs and as human shields (so they can blame the Zionists when Arab kids die)?

8) What would have happened if Arab Muslim "Palestinians" would have invested as much energy in rebuilding their lives as they do in destroying both nations' lives in fascistic Jihad, total hatred and campaign for GENOCIDE [to "drink the blood of the Jews" or to "push them all to the sea", or to "wipe them off of map"]?

9) Why does "bad" IDF Israeli army announce an area residents' civilians to evacuate before an operation against terrorists?

10) Why did Humane Israel's IDF invented specially low range missiles designed to hit ONLY the [terror] target and minimize collateral damage?

11) When was the last time the "Palestinian" well oil-ed propaganda machine has retracted [or even apologized] for it's usual PALLYWOOD fake images industry?

12) What's the difference between a Christian in Indonesia, Buddhist in Thailand, Christian in Nigeria, in Philippines, Australians in Bali (2002), non Muslims in London (0707/2005), in Madrid (bombing), "not the-right-kind-of-Muslims" in Shiite-Sunni hateful massacres in Iraq, oppression & massacres in the "Islamic Republic of Iran", and Israeli victims of the same "evil ideology"?

13) What's a harder oppression, your "average" Arab Muslim regime's on it's own people, Hamas-tan Islamic Apartheid [which most "Palestinians" supported!] on non Muslims, or the pro-Jihad parents' on their kids?

14) What would have happened if at least ONE Arab Muslim nation [regular or oil-ed one] would really care about the Arab [brothers, that since the 1960's started to call themselves as] "Palestinians" and let them get off the terror slum into normality and even prosperity?

15) What part of 'BLIND FASCISM' do Arab-Muslims deny, the usual obsessed anti Israel demonization [no matter what Israel does] or the reluctance to see Israel's super kind gestures for those that are trying to kill them [releases from prison, giving away own land vital to it's security, humanitarian aid, etc.] not as goodness but as "weakness"?

16) Why is it that when Islamists terrorists [Hamas or Hezbullah, Islamic Jihad, etc.] succeed in making sure Arab kids die [with their known tactics of cowardly firing among or behind children, etc.] the Arabs, Muslims rejoice and the Israelis, Jews are saddened ?

16) How can land be an issue [or the blatant lies the Arab lobby's financed: Jimmy Carter has said, though he admitted that Israel is a great equal democracy for all, Arabs and Jews alike!'] if "moderate" Palestinian official government still has venomous hatred and pro 'death cult' in it's regular curriculum and on it's official TV, or that such "moderate" Arab media outlets [like Al Jazeera] still glorify mass murder as "martyrdom"?

17) Who's more powerful, the Arab Muslim Goliath Oil mafia "lobby" on the world or a Chinese, Italian, Israeli, Irish, pharmaceutical, cigarettes lobbyists in Washington?

18) Had the International Arab Muslim lobby of nations in the UN [or the EU] not threatened other nations to bash Israel 24/7 [motivated by intolerance only!], What would be then the outcome?

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Let's make it clear, even if there will be a "Palestine" state, it will never change the factual history, that a group of foreign Arab immigrants came into the (historic) land of the Jews (and started to call themselves as "Palestinians" in the 1960's) and hijacked the world comunity via terrorism and Arab oil power to give them yet a second 'Palestine' state (after Jordan).

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