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Khamisa Sawadi, 75 yr. old widow meted 40 lashes by Religious Police in Saudi Arabia

It sure is hell to be a woman and a “foreigner” in Saudi Arabia where religious police acting on “citizen information” that the widow mingled with 2 young men who despite one of the men (Fahd al-Anzi) who is actually a nephew of her late husband and his wet nurse when he was a baby was supposedly not her “immediate relation” and deemed to have committed a crime against “sharia morality.”

There are prude people and there are morons who interpret morality in their demented ways that they are beyond help posing a danger to others in their barbaric disposition. The poor old woman Khamisa Sawadi being a widow just like all the women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to travel alone or drive and with her 2 daughters who are married and living away from her how do they expect her to live? Do they expect the 72 virgins in heaven to drop her basic necessities like 5 loaves of bread that she asked her late husband nephew to buy for her to materialize out of the desert? The poor zap Fahd al-Anzi together with business partner Hadiyan bin Zein in doing a good deed for an old widow should have been given brownie points but not so according to the moronic religious foolish errr police who arrested the duo together with the widow finding them “guilty” of “immoral acts” sentenced to jail terms and lashes.

Khamisa Sawadi used to ask her neighbors to buy for her foods and basic necessities after her husband died, I wonder if these “citizen informant” who I supposed was one of her neighbors was not happy at seeing other people do the errands for her. Like a village idiot of the gossiper dirty minded type concocted and imputed malicious dirty sexual fantasies which the religious police of the same frame of dirty mind bought lock stock and barrel.

Now that is sick, jail term and 40 lashes is what she deserves according to the religious police and to further inflict their cruelty that is if she survives and not die after the lashing she is to be deported back to Syria even though her late husband is Saudi Arabian. What are these morons thinking or are they brain dead meting such harsh and horrible punishment the widow and the men don’t deserve. There is this image of a young woman 20 days after 50 lashing that is too graphic to post here tells you the kind of physical violence that are inflicted by these unthinking idiots so you can just imagine the fatal consequence it will do to a 75 year old woman.

I have always thought that the media in the Philippines is bad but this one tops them all and probably explains why religious police barbaric monstrosity thrives:
Girl gets a year in jail, 100 lashes for adultery

By Adnan Shabrawi

JEDDAH – A 23-year-old unmarried woman was awarded one-year prison term and 100 lashes for committing adultery and trying to abort the resultant fetus.

The District Court in Jeddah pronounced the verdict on Saturday after the girl confessed that she had a forced sexual intercourse with a man who had offered her a ride. The man, the girl confessed, took her to a rest house, east of Jeddah, where he and four of friends assaulted her all night long.

The girl claimed that she became pregnant soon after and went to King Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces in an attempt to carry out an abortion. She was eight weeks’ pregnant then, the hospital confirmed.

According to the ruling, the woman will be sent to a jail outside Jeddah to spend her time and will be lashed after delivery of her baby who will take the mother’s last name. – Okaz/SG
Awarded? What in the name of Osama Bin Laden’s cavorting 72 virgins was that all about? Oh geez, the lucky woman just got “awarded” the coveted lashing as if this is a bondage fetish guilty beyond reasonable doubt for confessing the “crime” of being raped.

At least not all the media people in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia thinks and write like this numb nut at Saudi Gazzete with the likes of Saudi journalist Bandar al-Ammar, in Al-Watan who felt the need to report the case "so everybody knows to what degree we have reached."

A saudi doctor and columnist also wrote in Al-Watan questioning the verdict against the widow Khamisa Sawadi and the 2 men based purely on suspicion are misusing religion to serve their interest.

The religious Police are a special police unit called the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice tasked at enforcing laws according to their own interpretation of Islamic laws. They patrol public places to make sure women are covered and not wearing make up, sexes don't mix, shops close five times a day for Muslim prayers and men go to the mosque to worship. Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islam prohibits men and women who are not immediate relatives from mingling and women from driving. The playing of music, dancing and many movies also are a concern for hard-liners who believe they violate religious and moral values.

On a positive note the Saudi king dismissed the chief of the religious police and a cleric who condoned killing of TV network owners that broadcast "immoral content," is this a sign of a shake-up signaling an effort to weaken the kingdom's hard-line Sunni Muslim establishment? Maybe it is but maybe not so if you want to do something to prevent the injustice, join the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and its allies in demanding that Saudi Arabia demonstrate its commitment to human rights and release Khamisa Sawadi, Fahd al-Anzi, and Hadiyan bin Zein and revoke the order of deportation by clicking here, cut, paste and email the letter to the Saudi authorities.

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