Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Illegal mingling

Thomas Friedman writes:

One of the most talked about stories in the Middle East last week came out of Saudi Arabia, where the Government affirmed the sentence of 200 lashes for a 19-year-old Shiite girl who was sitting in a car with a male acquaintance last year when they were attacked by seven men who gang-raped both of them.

The Saudi Justice Ministry said the young woman deserved 200 lashes and six months in prison, even though she had been raped, because she was guilty of "illegal mingling" - sitting in a car with a man who was not related to her.

See the article here.

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