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March/12/2007: A teenage Saudi gang-rape victim who was sentenced to 90 lashes for being ALONE!!! with a man she was not related to has beseeched King Abdullah, the country's monarch, to intervene in the controversial case.
"I ask the king to consider me as one of his own daughters and have mercy on me and set me free from the 90 lashes," the 19-year-old said in an emotional interview with a Saudi newspaper yesterday.
"I was shocked at the verdict. I couldn't believe my ears. Ninety lashes! Ninety lashes!" the woman, identified only as G, told the Saudi Gazette, an English-language daily. G said she waits in fear every day for the phone call telling her to come in for her punishment. Lashes are usually spread over several days. About 50 lashes are given at a time.
The case is the latest in a series of highly controversial judgments that has highlighted the shortcomings of th
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