A pregnant teenager in Sudan who said she was gang raped by seven men is now facing a possible penalty of death by stoning for adultery charges.
The teen was 18 years old and three months pregnant when she was lured into an empty property in the city capital, Khartoum, by one of the seven men. At the time, she was searching for a home for her and her husband.
She alleges that the group of men, all between the ages of 18 and 22, held her down and raped her. One of the men even filmed the attack and the video has circulated on social media several months following the attack.
When authorities got a hold of the video, both the woman and group of men were arrested for making and distributing indecent material and indecent behavior, according to The Guardian.
The woman was denied bail and later charged with prostitution and adultery. Her attempt to make a complaint of rape was denied because she is currently under investigation for other charges and because she did not file a complaint at the time of the incident.
Punishment or charges made against victims of rape or violence are not uncommon in Sudan.
“The intention of place culpability on the part of the victim is of great concern and seeks to deflect and reduce accountability of the perpetrators, but more disturbing is that that charge of adultery carries with the potential sentence of death by stoning if found guilty,” according to the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa network.
Although rarely carried out, the sentence of stoning for adultery has been given in two instances in recent years, according to The Guardian. In both cases, they were appealed and the sentences were overturned.
The Sudanese media has been falsely claiming that the victim of this most recent attack has HIV and is a prostitute, according to SIHA.
“There have even been cynical attempts to falsely claim that the men were accidently prescribed hallucinogenic drugs by a chemist beforehand.”
Last year, a Somali woman who said she was raped was sentenced to a year in jail. She was later acquitted.
Source: The Guardian