But not the other. The difference? In one of the cases the man involved was a husband. Apparently if you are 37 years old and marry a child - a 12-year-old girl - it is not considered rape and there is no punishment. Oh, sure it was punishment, alright, insofar as the child - the little 12-year-old girl - is concerned, who did nothing deserving of such a punishment other than to have the misfortune of being born a girl to a man [her own father] who has no scruples. Yes the father of this child is to blame. For marrying her off at such a young age without her consent. [Emphasis, mine.]
Whereas, if you are a man and and you rape a 16-year-old boy [who, incidentally, is considered a minor - but a 12-year-old girl is not?], then you will be sentenced to ten years in prison and 2,000 lashes. The lashes will be "carried out in public places, including shopping areas where mobile telephones are available for sale at peak hours." Not quite sure why that is specifically mentioned, but it must be that they want for the general public to be using their mobile phones to either photograph or film the punishment. Perhaps to serve as a lesson to others so that the same crime is not repeated by someone else. [Unless of course you are a man who is marrying a little girl which is perfectly acceptable.]
A Saudi man was beheaded yesterday; he murdered another man. Saudi Gazette noted the nationality for this one particular report - and actually identified him by name. There are five crimes punishable by execution: rape [not always, though - see above], murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking. I have no idea how many executions have taken place so far this year. Lost count a while ago. Still not up to the 102 or 108 that took place in 2008.