Raped by seven men, Saudi woman sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison
Riyadh: A Saudi woman will receive a punishment of 200 lashes and six months in prison after she was raped by seven men and her lawyer spoke in the Sharia Court in her defence.
The 19-year-old woman was reportedly raped by seven men on September 22, in Saudi Arabia.
Initially the court had ordered that the victim should be lashed 90 times after she was convicted of violating the strict code of conduct on segregation of sexes.
The woman's sentence was doubled after her defence lawyer spoke against the harsh and unjust punishment. The court also accused the women for speaking to press.
The court also roughly doubled the sentence of the convicts- seven men who had raped her.
The verdict has causes huge uproar across the world. The verdict was termed as 'barbaric' by Jose Verger, the Canadian minister responsible for the status of women. New York-based Human rights group took a stern view of the sentence. "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," it was quoted on Clarionproject.org.
The Saudi judiciary has stood by its decision. The judiciary said, "The Ministry of Justice welcomes constructive criticism, away from emotions." The court has accused the girl of being in a car with a strange male.
The incident happened in the year 2006; the victim said it occurred as she tried to retrieve her picture from a male high school student she used to know. While in a car with the student, two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area. She said she was raped there by seven men, three of whom also attacked her friend. The case was referred back to the General Court by an appeals court last summer, after the woman's lawyer contested the initial verdict, saying it was too lenient for the rapists and unjust for the victim.
The sentencing has received severe criticism across the world.