Justice Minister Claims Saudi Rape Victim Confessed To Extramarital Affair

The Saudi woman who was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail after being gang raped has confessed to an affair, says the Saudi justice minister. Original reports said that the rape victim was given the 200 lashes punishment because she was caught riding in a car with a man to whom she was not related. Now the Saudi Justice minister claims that the victim, "confessed to doing what God has forbidden...The charged girl is a married woman who confessed to having an affair with the man she was caught with." There are also reports that the female victim's male companion and alleged lover were raped by the same group of men.

Canada has spoken out against the woman's sentence, calling it "barbaric." The United States, on the other hand, has yet to make an official statement, though they did call it "astonishing." Astonishing? Baby pandas and X-Men are described as "astonishing." There are far better adjectives for this situation, like "awful," "horrific," and "unacceptable."

The Saudi justice minister also "expressed his regret about the media reports over the role of the women in this case which put out false information and wrongly defend her." Why doesn't he just come right out and say she was asking for it?

Saudi Rape Victim 'Having Affair' [BBC News]
Earlier: Saudi Rape Victim: "You Could Say She's A Crushed Human Being"