The International Herald Tribune carried a story on its front page this morning about the hundreds of people killed in Bangladesh as Cyclone Sidr ripped through the country yesterday. That was a tragic story, but even more shocking, in a different way, was another story on page 2 about a rape victim in Saudi Arabia who had been sentenced to 90 lashes because she had been sitting in a car with a former boyfriend when they were kidnapped by seven men and both raped.
But what was so shocking about the story was that because she had complained to the media about her sentence being too heavy, the court increased it to 200 lashes and imposed a six months’ jail term as well – and the only law she had broken was being alone with a man who was not her husband.
That’s Saudi justice for you.
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