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An overseas Filipina worker (OFW) received 100 lashes in Saudi Arabia because she had a child with a man who was not her husband.
In an interview aired on 24 Oras on Monday, the 29-year old woman said she was lashed 100 times on the back after being convicted of immorality under the Sharia or Islamic law.
Under the Shari’ah or Islamic law, women who get pregnant out of wedlock face imprisonment or a penalty of lashes to be determined by courts.
The Filipina worker said she had to go through the pregnancy alone as she was immediately abandoned by the man who got her pregnant when he discovered she was with child.
It was only after she gave birth that authorities discovered she was unmarried.
“Nanganak po ako sa ospital na pinagtatrabahuhan ko, Nalaman po nila na wala akong asawa. Pagkatapos noon, ni-report nila ako sa pulis,” she said.
The Filipina worker said she was sentenced to one-year imprisonment but received lashes instead as a result of being pardoned.
In 2010, another Filipina worker was sentenced to receive 100 lashes after becoming pregnant as a result of rape.
Saudi authorities ordered the lashing of the 35-year old woman who was already in prison even after she suffered a miscarriage. - Xianne Arcangel, VVP, GMA News