|Saudi religious police|
A man has been arrested, charged and convicted of raping his own daughter over a period of seven years, according to court proceedings in Saudi Arabia.
Now, according to an official Saudi Arabian newspaper, the man accused of raping his daughter has been sentenced to receive 2,080 lashes over the course of a term of imprisonment of 13 years.
The court, in the city of Mecca found the man guilty of raping his teenage daughter over a seven year period while under the influence of drugs.
The newspaper also reported this week that the man will receive the lashes in stages throughout his prison sentence. The man's name was not revealed. The Saudi religious police said the girl's uncle tipped them off to the crime.
“The man committed a terrible crime against his own daughter. The girl is lucky to have an uncle who finally stood up for her. If not for her uncle who knows how long this girl may have suffered from her own father in such a terrible way,” Lucas Federman, 41, a child advocate in Paris, France told YourJewishNews.com.
However, human rights organizations condemned the sentence. “It is one thing to give a man a long prison sentence, but lashes is a form of torture that should be abolished,” Giles Rutherford, 32, a human rights activist in Berlin, Germany told YourJewishNews.com.
Lashes is one of the penalties available to the clerics who serve as judges in Saudi Arabia who issue rulings according to a strict interpretation of Islamic law known as sharia.