Sawsan Salim went to court to file harassment complaints against her local government in 2007. Her papers were in order but she was missing one detail. She had ventured out without a male family escort. For that crime she has been sentenced to 300 lashes and 18 months in jail.
The court found that her complaints of harassment were “spurious” and that her filing without a male guardian was a crime.
We recently saw another horrific Sharia case out of Dubai, here.
Finally, Saudi Arabia can claim to be a moderate on women’s issues. The Kingdom is moving toward ending the requirement of a male escort for filing legal papers, here. A small gesture to be sure, but apparently in Dubai that makes them virtual Islamic Libertines.
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