Religion of enlightenment watch

January 22, 2010

In most families I know, if your daughter abuses her cell-phone privileges, you punish her by taking it away for a while – a couple of days, a week, whatever. Maybe you even ground her if the offense was egregious.

You wimps.

In a truly civilized society, that is, one under sharia law, there is a much better way to handle a teenage girl who acts like, well, a teenage girl  – have her publicly whipped and then sentenced to jail:

A 13-year-old 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 by a court in the eastern city of Jubail.

She had assaulted her headmistress after being caught with the gadget which is banned in girl schools, said Al-Watan, a Saudi newspaper. The kingdom’s use of such punishments has been widely condemned by human rights organisations.

Three years ago 16 schoolchildren, aged between 12 and 18, were each sentenced to between 300 and 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 alternative or in addition to other punishments.

Al-Watan said a court in the northeastern Gulf port of Jubail had sentenced the girl to 90 lashes inside her school, followed by two months’ detention.

The punishment is harsher than tha dished out to some robbers and looters.

Okay, so she also “assaulted” the principal. At worst that merits expulsion and an assault charge, depending on the severity of the offense. But public torture followed by 60 days in jail? For a child?

Tell me again about the marvelous glories of Islamic law and justice. I love fantasies.

LINKS: Fausta calls this a death sentence.


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