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Monday, 26 November 2007
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Coexist With This

Hurray for Sharia!

A Saudi court on Tuesday more than doubled the number of lashes that a female rape victim was sentenced to last year after her lawyer appealed the original sentence. The decision, which many lawyers found shocking even by Saudi standards of justice, has provoked a rare public debate about the treatment of women here.
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The young woman’s offense was in meeting a former boyfriend, whom she had asked to return pictures he had of her because she was about to marry another man. The couple was sitting in a car when a group of seven men kidnapped them and raped them both, lawyers in the case told Arab News, a Saudi newspaper.

The woman and the former boyfriend were originally sentenced to 90 lashes each for being together in private, while the attackers received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in prison, and 80 to 1,000 lashes each.

And to add insult to injury, the woman's lawyer may lose his law license because he was too aggressive in her defense.  You guys can debate bumper stickers all you want.  And to be honest, that "controversy" was blown out of proportion by everyone, and now it's become a parody of itself.  The reality is, sick things like this happen every day over there.  You want to coexist with that?  Move there.  Via Volokh.

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Monday, 26 November 2007 10:44:15 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
It took me about a minute to process the first sentence:

"A Saudi court on Tuesday more than doubled the number of lashes that a female rape victim was sentenced to last year after her lawyer appealed the original sentence."

That sentence alone defies reason.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007 08:10:58 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
A former colleague of mine was haning with one of his
Emirati students. A woman who lived in our neighbrohood
and was a English instructor was walking by and ole Ali
oggled her like you wouldn't believe. Wess then said to
Ali, Don't do that, you are getting married soon. Ali's answer
was "She wasn't covered up, its her fault I oggled her".

Another woman (a Muslim Filipina) was defending herself
from rape and killed her attacker. She was jailed and they
appealed the conviction because sharai does recognize
Muslim women have the right to defend themselves (
event to killing their attacker) from rape.

Her conviction was overturned and increased to hanging. Fortunately,
she was spared, pardoned and went home. I think it was
a setup to make the ruler look like a real good guy.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007 08:23:56 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
"Parody of itself". I know the feeling.
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