According to the law in Saudi, a women must all times be accompanied by a male guardian — typically father or a brother.
This 16 year old rape victim however did not have a make guardian with her at the time she got raped. She is said to have gone to a store nearby to purchase some sanitary items needed for her.
She was sentenced to 100 lashes and a jail term for the crime of going out without a male guardian.
Saudi Arabia defended the controversial verdict saying she was convicted of violating Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Sharia law on female behaviour in public.
However, the 49 year old perpetrator is still free despite three court hearings. Saudi arabian media reported it is yet not sure if he will be punished for his crime at all, as there's no eye witnesses of the incident.
Despite international pressure on several verdicts similar to this before, Saudi judiciary stood by its decision. “The Ministry of Justice will only deliver verdicts based on Sharia, not according to western human rights organizations” it said in a statement.