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Human rights group condemns Saudi court verdict on schoolgirl
A 13-year-old girl was sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in jail for allegedly assaulting her headmistress.
January 23, 2010 8:02 by kippreport
Saudi Arabia’s National Society for Human Rights said that it was surprised that a court in the Kingdom sentenced a schoolgirl to 90 lashes and two months in prison for allegedly assaulting her headmistress. The group has called for the harsh punishment to be reconsidered, reports CNN.
The 13-year-old girl reportedly hit the headmistress on the head with a glass after she was caught with a camera-equipped cell phone, which is banned at the school. The verdict was decided by a court in the city of Jubail.
“The court should have looked for an alternative sentence,” Saleh al-Khaslan, a spokesman for the human rights group told CNN.