An 11-year-old girl, who has been promised in marriage by her parent to a 57 year old Qatari man receives 200 lashes for accidentally breaking her hymen while riding a bicycle, thus diminishing her “value as a bride” claims the future spouse.
The judge also asked that the parents reimburse the future spouse who had previously offered a number of camels in exchange for the girl, claiming the plaintiff had inherited “damaged goods”.
“What is the worth of a camel, if it has only three legs?” argued the judge metaphorically.
By illegally riding a bicycle and losing her virginity, she has brought shame to her family and her husband-to-be,” he added.
“I hope all woman in this country will take this incident as a warning of the dangers and unintended consequences of riding a bicycle” he concluded.