This is the kind of story that makes it difficult to remain culturally relativistic. it also makes it hard to look at women who are in purdah walking around in a “free” country like the US and not, in part blame them for compliance.
A woman was gang raped in Saudi Arabia. Fourteen times. Seven men are now in jail, convicted of rape and serving sentences up to five years. In Saudi Arabia, I think five years is a lot for violently raping a woman.
The woman who was raped, however, was sentenced to be tortured for being in the car of a “strange man.”
In this case, the torture would involve 90 lashes. She appealed. The court, because of her appeal, changed the sentence from 90 lashes to 200 lashes. The courts punished the girl because she, allegedly, tried to “aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.” The victim’s lawyer was also punished.
Obviously, the Saudis, their government, and their society, are totally fucked. That is my considered anthropological opinion of the matter.
But don’t worry. If anything bad threatens Saudi Arabia, the United States is there to protect them with the full strength of our military.