Modern Day Islam: Saudi rape victim sentenced to receive 200 lashes

16 November 2007: The facade of Islam as a peaceful, tolerant religion can be shattered by a single story of today. Sounding like something from the dark ages, a 19 year-old girl who was the victim of a brutal gang rape by six heavily-armed men was originally sentenced to receive 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” has now been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail for talking to the media about her plight.

The new sentence was handed down this week by Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council after she was found guilty of attempting to “aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”