In a true example of horrific injustice, a 22-year-old Dutch woman was convicted of “fornication” after being drugged and raped by a Syrian man after a night out at a club in Qatar.
The woman was deported shortly thereafter — for having sex outside of wedlock. She was visiting Qatar on vacation, and surely never expected the terrifying events that took place. After waking up and discovering that she had been raped, the woman went to the authorities to report the crime, but was arrested instead.
Can you imagine being assaulted in a strange land, mustering up the courage to come forward, thinking you’ve found help, and then being told that you committed a crime by being raped?
It’s difficult to imagine a more unjust reality.
The alleged rapist, Omar Abdullah al-Hasan, was also convicted of having sex out of wedlock, and was sentenced to receive 140 lashes. It’s shocking how lax the punishment for the rapist seems, while any punishment for the victim seems entirely inappropriate. It’s a truly backwards ideology to find a victim of rape guilty of anything, and yet there are still places in the world where this line of thinking exists.
According to a Qatari official, “had she been a Muslim woman, she would have received at least five years in jail. No one can get out of such charges here in Qatar.” It’s absolutely heartbreaking to think about how many Qatari women are being punished despite being the innocent victims in these situations. In this country, women truly are oppressed; being treated like less of a person strictly because of their gender.
This unsettling situation really puts “problematic” advertisements and off-color jokes in perspective. Someone needs to inform the Regressive Left that this is what rape culture is.
If you want to combat misogyny — here are the people you need to target.