January 21, 2010
Jubail, Saudi Arabia (The Weekly Vice) - An unnamed 13-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 90 lashes after she was caught in a heinous crime. Saudi officials say the teen was caught bringing a camera phone to school.
Saudi officials say the teen assaulted her teacher after she was caught with the camera, which is routinely banned from all girls' schools.
Officials say the flogging will proceed in public while her classmates look on. The flogging will then be followed with two months detention.
Human rights groups criticized the decision, pointing out the punishment is harsher than is regularly handed out to robbers and looters.
Under Saudi Arabia's Sharia Law, flogging is deemed a mandatory punishment for a number of moral transgressions such as adultery, dating or even being alone with a member of the opposite who is not related. Flogging may also be used, however, for a variety of other violations of Sharia law at the Judge's discretion.
The Weekly Vice
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