A 19 year old Saudi woman who was raped 14 times by 7 men has been sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail.  This is infuriating for 2 reasons.

  1. Since when is being gang raped not sufficient punishment for any offense?  They charged her for being in the car with a strange man, but frankly I’m pretty sure that being raped even once is sufficient punishment for that.
  2. This sentence is an INCREASE over her original sentence.  She had appealed and they more than doubled the lashes and added the jail sentence, accusing her of using the media in an attempt to manipulate the process.

The only good part is that they doubled the rapists’ sentences as well, but they are still far below the death penalty which could have been prescribed.  Their final sentences ranged from 2 to 10 years.  10 is fine.  2 years for a gang rape should only be permissible if they castrate the offender.

I am utterly appalled.