A Saudi man who chained his wife and tried to burn her alive was sentenced for only 19 months, the newspaper Okaz reported yesterday.
The 40-year-old who has not been named, poured gasoline over his wife in their bedroom in Riyadh following a disagreement, before telling his friend to “go get me a lighter and some water as I’m thirsty”.
“The authorities at the time dealt with the matter, and the Sharia Court handed him a sentence of one year and seven months and to be flogged,” the woman who was given the pseudonym Hajar Al-Harbi by the paper told Okaz.
Following the attack, Al-Harbi said her husband called his father and told him what he had done.
She said the judge did not take the substantial burns she suffered into consideration when handing down his sentence.
“I don’t know … why I was given no damages despite forensic reports establishing I sustained significant burns and why his friend was not prosecuted,” she said.
Al-Harbi explained that she has already undergone 300,000 riyals ($80,000) worth of cosmetic surgery and still needs more treatment as a result of the horrific attack.
“Who will bear the costs of my treatment now, which may go on for years?”