The Saudi judiciary on Tuesday defended a court verdict that sentenced a 19-year-old victim of a gang rape to six months in jail and 200 lashes because she was with an unrelated male when they were attacked.
Initially, a Shiite Muslim woman had been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating Saudi Arabia’s rigid Islamic law requiring segregation of the sexes.
How sad the treatment meted out to the 19 year old lady in question.
But in considering her appeal of the verdict, the Saudi General Court increased the punishment.
It also roughly doubled prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping the woman, Saudi news media said last week.