Female World Cup Official Flees Qatar to Avoid a Sentence of 100 Lashes and Seven Years in Jail for ‘Extramarital Sex’ After Reporting She Was Raped
I’m pretty sure that the majority religion of Qatar is Islam. And of course much of Islam has a lot of baked-in sexism, where some Muslims think it’s peachy keen to do things like stone women rape victims to death for having been raped by a man, because being sexually violated is considered dishonorable.
“Although I had the forensic evidence of the beatings and everything, they believed him,” Paola Schietekat said about the incident, which has made international headlines.
by Lauren Lewis
Feb 22, 2022
A female World Cup official is facing a sentence of 100 lashes and seven years in jail for ‘extramarital sex’ after she reported being raped while working in Qatar.
Paola Schietekat, 28, from Mexico, was working for the World Cup organising committee when she complained that she was raped by an associate who broke into her apartment and threatened to kill her.
She reported the June 6, 2021 attack to the Qatari authorities, who responded by accusing her of having an affair and charged her with ‘extramarital sex’, which is illegal in the Gulf state.
Schietekat was told by lawyers that one way of avoiding conviction was to marry her attacker but instead decided to flee the country, leaving behind what she called her ‘dream job’.
The charges against Schietekat, who is a behavioural economist, are still valid and she is expected to be sentenced in absentia on March 6.
Schietekat, writing on Julio Astillero, explained the attacker was able to gain access to her apartment in Doha because it is common for residents to leave their doors unlocked and rely on the security of the building.
…Schietekat told police she wanted to press charges and signed a statement in Arabic to the effect, giving officers the name and details of the man.
However, hours later, around 9pm, she was called and told to return to the station where she was put in front of the man she had accused and questioned for three hours in Arabic.
The alleged attacker had told police that he and Schietekat were in a relationship, so officers asked to look at her phone to find evidence of intimacy, which she denied.
Police then asked her to undergo a virginity test, accusing Schietekat of extramarital relations, before recommending the case to the public prosecutor’s office to bring charges against her.
…Her attacker was acquitted on charges of assault because ‘there were no cameras pointing directly at the door of the apartment, so there was no way to verify that the assault happened’, Schietekat said.
She was then warned by lawyers that one of the only ways to avoid a conviction would be to marry her alleged attacker.
Schietekat chose to flee the country instead, leaving behind what she later described as her ‘dream job’ and was helped out of Doha by the World Cup committee.
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