Expect all the Islamic apologists in the West who explain that Islam actually safeguards women’s equality to be on the next flight to the Kingdom, ready to explain to King Abdullah that he and his courts are Misunderstanding Islam. Sharia Alert from the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places. “Saudi Woman Gets 300 Lashes, Jail for Complaints, Group Says,” by Henry Meyer for Bloomberg, March 3 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
March 3 (Bloomberg) — A Saudi woman who filed harassment claims in Saudi Arabia without being accompanied by a male relative has been sentenced to 300 lashes and 18 months in jail, Human Rights Watch said.
Sawsan Salim lodged a series of complaints in 2007 at government offices and in court in the northern region of Qasim in which she alleged harassment by local officials, the New York-based rights group said. She was sentenced in January on charges of making “spurious complaints” against government officials and appearing “without a male guardian,” the group said in an e-mailed statement received today….
Saudi Arabia, which maintains a code of Islamic morals, said in June at a meeting of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council that it would end the male-guardianship rule, said Human Rights Watch.
The system requires women to get permission from a male relative to go to classes, work, to travel, open a bank account or receive non-emergency medical care. It also requires a woman to be accompanied by a male guardian to conduct public business, HRW said….