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How to deal with a rape victim in Saudi Arabia

Opinion

The case of a Saudi woman who was raped and tortured at knifepoint in her own home, is being investigated by Saudi authorities, a lawyer representing her said.

Sister of victim, Saima Al-Sami, speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 26, 2019.

(Abduljabbar Zeknafe)Saudi authorities said on Monday that they are investigating the case as a kidnapping case.

Saudi Arabia has a high number of cases of women who are forced to marry or have sexual relations with men from abroad.

In Saudi Arabia the law states that it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a foreign woman and is punishable by a fine of up to 20,000 riyals (about $8,800).

Saudi Arabia is a strict Muslim nation, and authorities have said the attack happened after a domestic dispute between Al-Saami and her husband.

In October 2018, a video emerged showing Al-saami being brutally attacked in her home by her husband who is accused of having sex with her.

The video was posted on social media.

Saudi Arabia has long been criticized for a law that criminalizes adultery and polygamy, but the kingdom has never brought any criminal charges against its male members for such behavior.

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