I was deeply disturbed when i read the following article in the independent about a Princess facing Saudi death penalty. (now given political asylum in the UK)
In the article I would like to bring to the readers attention to 3 key points...
1. She persuaded the court that if she returned to the Gulf state she and her child would be subject to capital punishment under Sharia law specifically flogging and stoning to death. She was also worried about the possibility of an honour killing.
2.Last week, Saudi Arabia's religious police were blamed for the death of two sisters who were murdered in what was deemed an "honour killing" by their brother, after the sisters were arrested for allegedly mixing with men to whom they were not related.
3.In 2007, in a case that shocked Saudis, a woman from Qatif was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison after being gang-raped. She offended cultural expectations because she was unaccompanied when she got into a car with a former boyfriend.
How can such atrocities be tolerated? Is'nt Islam being cruel towards women under the given circumstances?
A related event in Islamic countries that I've read of a couple of times recently:
Man rapes woman.
Woman becomes pregnant.
Woman reports rape, but (under Islamic law) requires four legitimate witnesses for the man to be prosecuted.
Naturally, she cannot provide this evidence, so the man goes free.
However, there is proof (in her womb) that she's had sex. As such, she is punished...