Friday, November 16, 2007

The approach to rape in Saudi Arabia

From the BBC news:

...a gang-rape victim in Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to 200 lashes and six-months in jail

"When she appealed, judges doubled her sentence, saying she had been trying to use the media to influence them."
"The rapists' sentences were also doubled by the court."

That's something...

"[They were]
sentenced to prison terms ranging from just under a year to five years.

...or not.

Word fail me tonight.


pj said...

The fawning treatment given to the Saudi king recently really puts the lie to our claims to be a force for good in the world promoting democracy and freedom. We are simply engaging in the same old real politick.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute discrace, but this sort of treatment of women can even be seen to a lesser extent in the West: 'PHILADELPHIA — In a rare rebuke, a bar association has criticized a judge for refusing to uphold sexual assault charges against a man who allegedly let friends rape a prostitute he had hired. The judge said she considered the case "theft of services."

Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni heightened the furor when she defended her decision to a newspaper. "She consented and she didn’t get paid," Deni told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I thought it was a robbery."'

Political Scientist said...

Hello pj! – I’ve incorporated the second half of your comment into the blog post.

It’s terrifying – we’ve got our very own Teresa Carr Deni in the form of Judge James Pickles. Whether telling rape survivors that they should have “closed their legs”, or that wearing a miniskirt was “asking for it”, he made his contribution to keeping the rape conviction rate down. To my relief, he has forsaken judging rape survivors, and taken up tabloid journalism – a profession to which his temperament, intellect and opinions are better suited. However, we still have Starforth Hill – Judge Ian Starforth Hill came under fire after saying that an eight-year-old girl rape victim was “not entirely an angel” in 1993. He was banned from hearing rape cases”.