Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Rape Case Roils Saudi Legal System

ABC News

AL-AWWAMIYA, Saudi Arabia Nov 21, 2006 (AP)— When the teenager went to the police a few months ago to report she was gang-raped by seven men, she never imagined the judge would punish her and that she would be sentenced to more lashes than one of her alleged rapists received.

The story of the Girl of Qatif, as the alleged rape victim has been called by the media here, has triggered a rare debate about Saudi Arabia's legal system, in which judges have wide discretion in punishing a criminal, rules of evidence are shaky and sometimes no defense lawyers are present.

I think it is good when a legal system is debated since that allows people to see what inequities have become entrenched. When it comes to rape the potential for needed changes is even greater when the legal system was designed by and for men.

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