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Saudi gang-rape victim sentenced to 100 lashes, one year jail

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Feb 11, 2009 in Crime
A district court in Saudi Arabian capital Jeddah sentenced a pregnant gang -rape victim to 100 lashes and one year imprisonment after the court pronounced her of committing adultery.
The 23-year old woman was reportedly assaulted after accepting a lift from a man in Jeddah. She was taken into a house and was raped by the man and his four friends. The woman after getting pregnant went to King Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces in an attempt to carry out an abortion where her 'crime' was revealed.
The judge who pronounced the verdict said that the unmarried woman had committed adultery as she became pregnant after a forced sexual intercourse. She will be sent to a prison outside Jeddah to spend the one year imprisonment where she will be flogged after delivering her child.
According to Islamic Sharia law, The testimony of four male witnesses is the standard for establishing guilt in sexual offenses. If four male witnesses do not come forward and the rape victim becomes pregnant, her pregnancy becomes evidence that she has committed adultery.
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