Saudi Woman Convicted Of Adultery Gets Death, Partner Gets 100 Lashes

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SAUDI ARABIA – A Saudi Arabian woman convicted of adultery faces being stoned to death but the man she was caught with faces the lesser punishment of 100 lashes.

The married 45-year-old woman, who was working as a maid in Riyadh, and her partner, a single migrant worker from Sri Lanka, were both convicted of the same offence, yet her punishment is far more severe than his.

The punishment of stoning sees ‘offenders’ pelted with stones until they are dead and is still carried out in some parts of the Middle East – including in Saudi Arabia, who, somewhat ironically, are currently chairing the United Nations Human Rights Council Panel.

According to a recent statement from Amnesty International over 150 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia this year, mostly by public beheading with foreign guest workers from poor countries being particularly vulnerable as they typically do not know Arabic and are unaware of the complex laws.