Living in Saudi Arabia must be hell on earth, but obviously the people there must enjoy hell, because they put up with the most repressive, oppressive, backwards laws that exist anywhere on earth, other than maybe Afghanistan, when it was Taliban-ruled. Of course, there are people in some countries that seem to want to join the Saudis in their backwardness, by instituting shariah law, but hopefully that will never happen, for the sake of those who love freedom.
In Saudi Arabia the slightest infraction for something that seems infinitesimally unimportant can land you in jail, even if you’re a young teenager. A Saudi schoolgirl (13) is to be made a public spectacle by being flogged 90 times, with her classmates as an audience. To top it off, she has been given a 2 month jail term. You might ask what she did to deserve such a severe punishment, that is even harsher than some thieves receive? She was caught with a camera cell phone on school property. Banned, apparently. Can anyone tell me what is so un-Islamic about a cell phone? Although she did assault her headmistress after she was caught, I assume the little girl was merely defending herself and her property, given the Saudi penchant for corporal punishment. There are no details as to what exactly happened, but regardless, the extreme punishment being dished out is not deserved.
She’s not the only young child who has been sentenced to be flogged in the past.
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
Everyone declares that the severe restriction on the lives of the Saudi people is the fault of King Abdullah, but foreign diplomats claim it is actually the fault of the religious clerics and princes. Abdullah has tried to lift some of the restrictions, and has made some minor headway, but for the most part the Saudi population still live in the dark ages. They deserve to be chastised for flogging a child and sentencing her to jail for carrying a mobile phone.