Saudi court sentences man who raped daughter to 13 years in jail

The victim told police that her father had been raping her for over five years

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The General Court in Jeddah sentenced a father to 13 years in jail and 2,000 lashes of the whip for raping his daughter over a five-year period.

The court dismissed the demands of the public prosecutor for the death sentence, Ayn Al-Yom online daily reported quoting Al-Watan.

The victim, who is in her 20s, told police that her father had been raping her for over five years by taking advantage of the time her mother and brothers were not at home. The father used threats of physical violence against his daughter if she told a family member.

When the victim refused to respond to her father’s demands, he violently assaulted her and she was admitted to hospital for treatment.

After she was released from the hospital, he assaulted her once again. Distraught, the victim attempted suicide by swallowing some pills.

Evidence collected and subsequent investigations proved that the victim’s allegations against her father were all true. After three court sessions, the presiding judge issued his verdict but dismissed the demand for the death sentence as the necessary conditions

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Sunday August 01, 2015.