Friday, 24 July 2009

The compassion of Sharia Law

This story is from earlier this year but I think bears repetition. A Saudi woman was gang-raped by 5 men, an ordeal that lasted a whole night and even made her pregnant. Saudi Arabia's Sharia Law finds her (an unmarried woman) guilty of adultery and sentences her to a year in prison and 100 lashes. Being a merciful and compassionate system, the flogging will be put off until after she gives birth.

Here's the source of the story, The Mail> and how it was reported:
"Saudi judge has ordered a woman should be jailed for a year and receive 100 lashes after she was gang-raped, it was claimed last night.

The 23-year-old woman, who became pregnant after her ordeal, was reportedly assaulted after accepting a lift from a man.

He took her to a house to the east of the city of Jeddah where she was attacked by him and four of his friends throughout the night.

She later discovered she was pregnant and made a desperate attempt to get an abortion at the King Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces.

According to the Saudi Gazette, she eventually 'confessed' to having 'forced intercourse' with her attackers and was brought before a judge at the District Court in Jeddah.

He ruled she had committed adultery - despite not even being married - and handed down a year's prison sentence, which she will serve in a prison just outside the city.

She is still pregnant and will be flogged once she has had the child. "

How lovely, how compassionate and just the sort of legal system that we need in this country. So where were the shrieks of protest from human rights groups that seem to accompany any less serious stories coming out of Israel, the US or the UK? Or is Islam still protected from criticism by unspoken fear?

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