As predictable as it is infuriating as it is surreal:
The General Court in Qatif yesterday doubled the number of lashes for a rape victim… TA year-and-a-half ago in the Eastern Province town of Qatif, a seven men gang-raped a 19-year-old girl 14 times. Three judges from the Qatif General Court sentenced the rape victim to 90 lashes for being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape. The sentences for the seven rapists ranged from 10 months to five years in prison. The Appeals Court sentenced the victim to 200 lashes and six months in prison… A source at the Qatif General Court said that the judges had informed the rape victim that the reason behind doubling her punishment was “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”
Getting gang raped – that’s only 90 lashes. But being a woman who has the unbelievable gall to ask whether it’s OK for men to punish her for being gang raped – that’s double the lashes plus more jail time than some of the gang rapists themselves.
Many Western academic feminists spent last weekend discussing how the heteronormative patriarchy imposed by neocons was a threat to women’s rights. Specific citations available upon request.
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