Saudis Order 40 Lashes For Elderly Woman Caught “Mingling”

saudi_arabia CNN:

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.

According to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, troubles for the woman, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, began last year when a member of the religious police entered her house in the city of Al-Chamli and found her with two unrelated men, “Fahd” and “Hadian.”

Fahd told the policeman that he had the right to be there, because Sawadi had breast-fed him as a baby and was therefore considered to be a son to her in Islam, according to Al-Watan. Fahd, 24, added that his friend Hadian was escorting him as he delivered bread for the elderly woman. The policeman then arrested both men.

It was revealed in court that Fahd was never breast-fed by the woman. Fahd was sentenced to 4 months in prison and 40 lashes; Hadian was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 60 lashes.

The strict Islamic law the  viciously sexist Saudi Arabia follows prohibits “mingling” with non-familiar members of the opposite sex because it’s 2009 and mingling would clearly cause the world to instantly implode.

As the article notes, the religious police also came under scrutiny in 2007 when their actions led to the prosecution of a 19-year-old gang rape victim. (Her sentence of 200 lashes and 6 months in jail was pardoned after international outrage).

A teenager interviewed about this story said that the powers of the religious police need to be scaled back because their actions are “giving a bad reputation to the country.” Um, “giving?” Yeah, a little too late for the present tense there, buddy.

I know I’m heavy on the religous postings today, but how does anyone still subscribe to this garbage?! Barbarians.

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