The English-language Arab News has this story on crime and punishment in Saudi Arabia–the victim was an 18-year-old maid:

The woman of the house poured scalding water on the maid because she could not understand Arabic, [newspaper Al-Madinah] said, while the husband tied her up. Both husband and wife are teachers. When the maid’s condition worsened following the assault, the woman took the maid to her mother’s house with the intention of having her deported for failure to fulfill her contractual obligations.

The mother attempted to treat the maid with aspirin, but the girl, of Asian nationality, succumbed to her injuries soon after, the paper said.

A court sentenced the husband to four years and the wife to two years in jail. The wife’s mother will receive 80 lashes for conspiring to conceal the crime.

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