This makes us so angry!
In March of this year, a Dutch woman — known only as Laura — had a few drinks at a hotel bar in Doha, Qatar when she started to experience a weird feeling. She eventually woke up in an unfamiliar location, and realized her drink had been spiked and she was raped.
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When she reported the incident to officials, they did the unthinkable…
They put her in jail.
On Monday, Laura was convicted of "illicit consensual fornication" and being "drunk in a public place." She was given a year suspension, three years probation, and was fined 3,000 Qatari Riyals ($823). There were no mentions of her rape accusations throughout the court hearing.
Her rapist — Omar Abdullah al-Hassan — was sentenced to 100 lashes for having sex, and an additional 40 lashes for drinking alcohol — which is illegal under law if one is Muslim.
Dutch ambassador Yvette Burghgraef-van Eechoud is doing her best to get Laura out of Qatar. She said:
"We will do everything we can to get her out of the country as soon as possible to where she says she wants to go."
In Qatar as well as other countries in the Muslim Gulf, having extramarital sex is a crime that can put you in jail for seven years.
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