Rape Victim in Saudi Arabia Scheduled to be Lashed 100 Times

File this under abominable.
A 35-year-old, Filipino woman living and working Saudi Arabia, who was raped, is scheduled to be lashed 100 times by the state. “Camille” as she is being called, traveled to Saudi Arabia in the spring of last year in order to get a job as a janitor, reportedly to support her three children (ages 5, 14, and 15). After being raped by one of her coworkers in September, she was then imprisoned. Pregnant at the time, she actually miscarried in December behind bars. According to Truth/Slant:

In Saudi Arabia, all sex outside of marriage — including rape and sexual assault — can result in prison and lashings under their extreme interpretation of Sharia…The Saudi interpretation of Sharia law does not allow pregnant women to be lashed. However, now that Camille is no longer pregnant, she may be lashed at any time by the government. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs reports that the sentence will be carried out this month.

Thanks to nealnyc for the heads up.

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  • liz

    How many lashes did the rapist get? Let me guess…

  • DeafBrownTrash

    thank god I don’t live in Saudi Arabia.
    as a Muslim, I want to say Saudi Arabia’s so-called “Sharia” laws are a MOCKERY of Islam, many of us Muslims (whether American or Saudi, etc..) want nothing to do with their sick, misogynistic (and often racist/xenophobic) laws.

  • Sakhalinskii

    Jesus. Americans, your tax dollars are paying to keep this government in power.

  • analog

    And the American government counts Saudi Arabia as its biggest ally in the middle east. When will people realize that women’s rights ARE human rights? South Africa’s apartheid policies were protested around the world. But when it comes to women, barely a mention. Ack, so depressing.

  • feckless

    What a fucked up world it is we are living in. I was asking myself the same thing, don´t they just kill him?

  • Auriane

    I’m almost certain that if you dig a little deeper into the politics of wherever you’re writing in from, you’ll find that your own government is engaged in some unpleasant practices of its own.
    While I agree that the US has its hands in its fair share of icky partnerships with countries many of us would rather it didn’t, we’re hardly alone in that regard.

  • Mighty Ponygirl

    Mecca and Medina both residing in Saudi Arabia, it must be doubly-galling.
    I feel that any city (e.g. Jerusalem, Bethleham, Mecca, etc) that is counted as sacred by any of the major religions* should by rights be an “international city” not beholden to any nation state. People of faith would be able to come and go and worship as needed, the international standards of human rights for all would be upheld, and the money for spiritual pilgrimages would not line to coffers of corrupt, racist/creedist governments.
    It won’t happen, but it’s such a lovely thought to me.
    * With apologies for not hitting outside of “the big western 3″ but naturally this would cover all the bases

  • DeafBrownTrash

    a lot of my Muslim friends, including I, feel the same way about Mecca and Medina. I can’t stand the thought of the two holiest cities in Islam being under Saudi control.
    It makes me SICK.

  • PamelaVee

    Another bullshit woman-hating religious institution in practice.
    We can say these scriptures do not condone this or that, but the verses “needed” to back up this behavior do exist. Misogyny in Judeo-Christian text and just as much in the Koran, doesn’t matter.
    Any thinking person will say it’s time for religious institutions to evolve to at least include reasonable standards for human beings to live by.
    Beating a rape victim ain’t one of them, folks.

  • materialtruth415

    Good textual interpretation doesn’t involve picking the verses “needed” to prove a point; it involves context and looking at the scriptures as a whole. As you can see from the comments above from Muslims, Islam already HAS reasonable standards to live by. Every religion has various strands, and you can’t blame the religion itself for people who misuse it; neither can you judge the relative misogyny of a religion based on verses (which don’t exist in the original – verses are a literary structure added later on) taken out of context. When a religion as a whole advocates justice (as do Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), you can be sure that by now its practitioners have expanded that conception of justice to include women.


    But Sakhalinskii is absolutely correct here – the al-Saud family has been propped up by the US government, and, more importantly, ExxonMobil, Chevron Texaco and Citibank, since 1945.
    And the reason is pretty transparently simple – that great lake of oil underneath Saudi Arabia, the largest oil field in the world.
    Whoever controls that oil field dominates the world’s oil supply and, since 1945, that field has been under the control of two American corporations, ExxonMobil and Chevron Texaco
    Back in 1945, they were still 4 separate companies – ExxonMobil was the Standard Oil Co of NJ and the Standard-Vacuum Oil co of New York and Chevron Texaco was the Standard Oil Co of California and Texaco.
    But, in any case, the al-Saud dynasty lets them control the oil, and in return the US government, ExxonMobil and Chevron Texaco prop up the al-Saud regime.
    As for the medieval atrocities and police state brutality perpetrated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s judicial system?
    As far as the US government, ExxonMobil and Chevron Texaco are concerned, it’s a necessary evil – a small price to pay to keep the oil wells flowing.
    In other words, yes, your tax dollars helped pay for the horrible abuse that’s being imposed on that woman.

  • joanna

    What I don’t understand is how the Philippine governement can allow this to take place? I’m assuming b/c this act of extreme violence happened on foreign soil? Amnesty International needs to be notified: this is a human rights violation. Any law students out there that can shed some light on this? As a survivor of rape and as a follower of Jesus Christ it sickens me once again to see how a government will use the man-made construct of religion as a means to justify evil–this has NOTHING to do with the true Loving God and everything to do with evil. And, again, the rapist is set free and the woman is charged with the crime…in this instance death. For who can survive 100 lashes? Why are we not outraged? We can talk all we want about how “religion” is misogynistic or not, but the fact remains that this doesn’t help the reality of this woman right now: She is our sister who not only became pregnant but also lost one child in a heinous way, and also has 3 living children who have to witness this tragedy. Where are they? Time to take action, no? Again, any law students out there? Paz

  • William

    That this sort of “justice” system still exists is frightening.

  • radhika

    Honestly, I have to agree with PamelaVee. There’s misogyny in every religion, including my family’s own, Hinduism. Why does some cultural apologist have to come to the rescue of Islam every time something bad happens in Saudi Arabia?
    If something like this happened in India in the name of Hinduism, I would equally condemn it.
    In this case, all these things are happening in the specific name of Islam, under the banner of Islam. Why should we apologize for such an institution? Feministing talks so much about the patriarchy of Western culture and Western ways, but it’s “patronizing” and “racist” to criticize other cultures. That’s bullshit. Women’s rights are human rights, period.

  • Trixen

    I would marry this comment if I could.