Thursday, March 12, 2009

40 Lashes for 75yo Woman

From CNN:
"A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.

According to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, troubles for the woman, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, began last year when a member of the religious police entered her house in the city of Al-Chamli and found her with two unrelated men, "Fahd" and "Hadian."

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism and punishes unrelated men and women who are caught mingling.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, feared by many Saudis, is made up of several thousand religious policemen charged with duties such as enforcing dress codes, prayer times and segregation of the sexes. Under Saudi law, women face many restrictions, including a strict dress code and a ban on driving. Women also need to have a man's permission to travel.

The case sparked anger in Saudi Arabia. This is not the first Saudi court case to cause controversy.

In 2007, a 19-year-old gang-rape victim in the Saudi city of Qatif was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison for meeting with an unrelated male. The seven rapists, who abducted the woman and man, received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in prison."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So much about control. Hatred and control. How this is called a religion is beyond me. To attribute all this to God is appalling. This is about men not God.
Laws like these won't change, why should they. When you have a entire segment of your population under your control, why let it go? Women are feared and hated, there will be no change for them.
Countries that are not predominantly Muslim need to remember that they have stated their absolute intentions to overthrow governments, change laws, and kill those who aren't Muslim. Maybe we should stop ignoring this and start believing it.
It certainly wouldn't be the first time a group of individuals declared their intentions for world domination. Regardless of the success,the death and destruction that follow is always considerable.