December 17, 2007
'Girl Of Qatif' Pardoned
The female rape victim sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison for being alone with a man at the time of her attack has been pardoned by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.
Saudi Journalist Ebithal Mubarak told CNN from Jeddah: "This is a great victory, not only for the girl but for all women of the country, for also the women who are subject to sexual abuse, for them to speak out. As we all know it's very hard for a woman who's been raped or sexually attacked in Saudi Arabia to speak, to go in public and speak about her ordeal. So this will send a strong message for the sexually abused women and also to the justice and the conservative wing in Saudi Arabia."
Press reports said the pardon did not indicate that the King considered the gang-rape victim's sentence "wrong".
Check out CNN.com's story here.
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