Women and the Middle East

A roundup of recent items on Middle Eastern women.

Saudi rape victim gets 90 lashes - ODIE. 'Here's the deal: A woman was gang-raped in Riyadh. The Saudi courts have just sentenced her to receive 90 lashes. For what? Being in a car alone with an unmarried man.'

Saudi orgies blamed on the West - BP. '"Our youths are not, unfortunately, educated on the importance of leading a secure married life," said Hassan Al Shelabi, the center director. "While the parents are keen to give their children luxury homes, rich food and fashionable clothing they neglect to prepare the children for a healthy married life and being good husbands or wives." Al Shelabi said his center has received reports of wife swapping, of husbands pressuring wives to sleep with their friends and of orgies. He said these requests reflect the influence of Western culture, easily accessible on satellite television or the Internet. ... Yes yes, have orgies and blame the West. Have orgies and blame Bush.'

Father gets 10 years in the US for FGM on his daughter - FFE. 'A man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for the genital mutilation of his two-year-old daughter, in what is said to be first such case in the US. A US women's rights group described the verdict as a victory against female genital mutilation worldwide. Prosecutors said he used scissors to remove his daughter's clitoris in 2001. ... In Egypt, thousands of girls are having their genitals mutilated every year and no one is held responsible for this abhorrent crime!! FGM is one of the most rampant problems in Egypt. Not one single direct legislation was stipulated to punish those responsible those crimes against innocent little girls. A crime described as irreversibe against any woman!'