I ask this in good faith as I am religious.
How is it possible for this situation to come about? If you claim the rapist must receive a punishment via the fines, then we know that at least two generally good and trustworthy witnesses to the act are required (correct me if I'm wrong).
- a) How could they be good and trustworthy if they did not stop the rape unless subdued or seeing it from a distance and arriving too late
- b) If they indeed witnessed it, why would they testify if they know a potential outcome is the rapist marrying the victim?