Girl to get 90 lashes

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LON­DON: A 13-yearold Saudi school­girl is to be given 90 lashes in front of her class­mates af­ter she was caught with a mo­bile cam­era phone.

The girl, who has not been named, was also sen­tenced to two months in jail.

She had as­saulted her head­mistress af­ter be­ing caught with the gad­get which is banned in girls’ schools. The king­dom’s use of such pun­ish­ments is widely con­demned by hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Three years ago 16 school­child­ren aged 12 to 18 were sen­tenced to 300 to 500 lashes for be­ing ag­gres­sive to a teacher.

Un­der Saudi’s Sharia or Is­lamic law, flog­ging is manda­tory for a num­ber of moral of­fences such as adul­tery or be­ing alone in the com­pany of an un­re­lated per­son of the op­po­site sex. But it can also be used at the dis­cre­tion of judges as an al­ter na­tive or in ad­di­tion to other pun­ish­ments. – Daily Mail

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