Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Whose lives are worth more, two rams or a woman?

From the Saudi Arabia-based Arab News:
We have an entrenched judicial system that is based on Divine Law and not personal whims. This is the reason why I could not understand two recent court verdicts handed out on the same day.

In the first ruling, two thieves who stole two rams were sentenced to three years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes each.

The second ruling of two years imprisonment and 200 whiplashes was for a husband who beat his wife until she swallowed her tongue and died.

Apparently, two rams is are worth over 50% more than a woman under Saudi Arabia's sharia-based laws.