Being raped, a ‘crime’ in Qatar


This video from the USA says about itself:

Woman Convicted Of Being Raped In Qatar

14 June 2016

A 22-year-old Dutch woman was raped while on vacation in Doha. She has been convicted of having sex outside of marriage. Ana Kasparian, Sam Shacher, Kenny Hamilton, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped.

The 22-year-old was handed a suspended sentence and fined $824 (£580). She will also be deported.

Her lawyer said her drink had been spiked at a Doha hotel in March and she had woken up in a stranger’s flat, where she realised she had been raped.

Her alleged attacker, who said the sex was consensual, was sentenced to 100 lashes for having sex outside marriage. He will be given a further 40 lashes for consuming alcohol.

The woman has been detained since making the allegation three months ago, but her case only came to light over the weekend when her family decided to go public.”

Read more here.

The woman’s name is Laura. Read more here and here.

USA: THE SCARY BACKSTORY ON POLICE DEPARTMENTS’ ‘UNFOUNDED’ RAPE CASES “Across the country, some police departments claim a vast number of rape reports are false. A BuzzFeed News investigation into a year of “unfounded” rapes in Baltimore County reveals that detectives often don’t investigate them at all — even when the man had been arrested for rape before.” [BuzzFeed]

Raped Dutch Laura expelled from Qatar


Laura, arrested for having been raped in Qatar

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Qatar expels Dutch Laura

Today, 09:32

The Dutch woman Laura (22) who was jailed in Qatar has been given a suspended sentence of one year and expulsion. …

Laura was not present in court. …

Earlier proceedings had been in Arabic, which Laura does not understand.

According to her lawyer, she was arrested after she had reported rape. Extramarital sex is illegal in Qatar. …

The man who allegedly raped Laura was found guilty as well. He was sentenced to a hundred lashes for “sexual intercourse” and forty lashes for alcohol consumption.

Though rape is a horrible crime, which should never ever be equated which voluntary sexual intercourse, as happens in Qatar: there should never be flogging in any country.

The rapist claimed that Laura was supposedly a prostitute. Algerian Dutch columnist Hadjar Benmiloud points out in Metro daily today that Dutch Internet site Vlinders Crime agreed with the rapist, calling Laura a “whore”. Vlinders Crime is an Islamophobic hate site unable to write Dutch without spelling and grammar errors in half of all words.

Also from NOS TV today:

Laura’s mother is overjoyed; her daughter will come home. “I can not even describe my joy. She may have been convicted, but she will come home.”

Woman arrested for having been raped in Qatar


This video from Kenya says about itself:

17 July 2015

We hear stories of Kenyans who have been tortured while working in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai and many more. Here are a couple of tips you might consider before searching for a job outside or saying yes to one.

Laura, jailed in Qatar

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Parliament worried about Dutch woman in Qatar

Today, 15:46

The Lower House is concerned about the situation of a Dutch woman who has been jailed in Qatar for months. According to the lawyer of her family the 22-year-old Laura was arrested after she had reported having been raped.

MPs of VVD, PvdA, CDA, SP, D66, Christian Union, GroenLinks and SGP political parties have together asked [Foreign Affairs] Minister Koenders questions on the issue. They want to know what the government has so far done for the woman and ask how the contact with the family of the arrested woman is. They put question marks to whether the Dutch embassy in Doha is sufficiently equipped to assist both the woman and her family.

Parliament also wants to know whether it is true that the embassy did not attend a session without telling why and that diplomats visited Laura only after three weeks. …

On Monday there will be an important session and an embassy person will attend then. The department will not say whether Minister Koenders himself works on this case.

See also here.