Friday, November 16, 2007

One of the things I resent about Saudi Arabia is that they think they can monopolise debate on what is "halal" and what is "haram" because their king has proclaimed himself as custodian of the two holy sites of Islam. If you intend to apply Islamic law, then at least do it properly since the bedrock of Islamic law, like any other body of laws, is justice. A Saudi judge has sentenced a rape victim to 200 lashes for breaking segregation laws in the Kingdom, whilst doubling the already ridiculously low sentences for the rapists. The ridiculous sentences passed down by the Saudi judge are unjust and only underline his complete incompetence in these matters. He has also made a mockery of Islamic jurisprudence which has very clear prescriptions for delivering justice in cases like this. It seems Islam too, like many other things, is to be applied only where convenient.

"According to the Arab News newspaper, the 19-year-old woman, who is from Saudi Arabia's Shia minority, was gang-raped 14 times in an attack in Qatif in the eastern province a year-and-a-half ago."


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