She was handed a sentence of 200 lashes and six months in jail after being found guilty of speaking to the media about the crime and indecency.
According to the account of the story reported by the Middle East Monitor, the 19-year-old Shia woman was in the car of a student friend when two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area, where she was raped by the seven men. She was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for being in a car of a man who was not related to her. Commentators say Saudi Arabia’s law dictates that a male family member must accompany a woman at all times in public. The Press TV reports that the rapists were surprisingly sentenced to five years in prison. And it is unclear why the rapists were handed this light sentence, considering the fact that they could have faced the death penalty. Lawyer for the woman, Abdul Rahman al-Lahem, appealed to the Saudi General Court after the sentence was handed down. However, the court reviewed the sentence, increasing it to 200 lashes. The court held that the woman had spoken to the media.
The lawyer was also banned from the case; his license was confiscated, and was summoned to a disciplinary hearing. Such a case is not only peculiar to Saudi Arabia, many women around the world face similar situations. Back home here in Nigeria, a Senator has said that the gender and equality opportunities bill was turned down by the National Assembly, on the grounds that sections of it will allow women to ignore their marital responsibilities and freely engage in prostitution, lesb*anism and other immoral activities. And one asks what is truly the rational behind such a statement? The Chibok girls are still missing two years after their abduction and the question is will they ever be found? All these deliberations form the basis of this second edition of the Nigerian poets series. Below are poems that lend their voices to the teeming number of Nigerians and people around the world speaking against the ill-treatments meted out to women, as well as other societal ills.
Source: The naij.com