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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

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.

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  1. BP on January 24, 2010 11:17 am

    I cant believe this. I think a greater punishment awaits for the judge by Allah. Do these judges really believe that Allah is merciful and that He will not punish people for small sins?

  2. Walid Maaytah on January 24, 2010 12:28 pm

    Even though I understand how outrageous was the behavior of the 13-year old student, and that such behavior must not be tolerated and calls for punishment, but to sentence herl to 90 lashes and two months in prison is highly disproportionate and very excessive. It violates not only every charter of human rights there is, but goes against any degree of reason and common sense. The girl is 13, fo God’s sake, which should make a big difference in the nature of the sentence levied.

    If this sentence is allowed to be carried out, it will only add to the tarnishment of the reputation of the good name of Islam, and provide those who hate Islam with the ammunition they need to portray us yet again in a very unflattering and ugly picture. Let reason, common sense and mercifulness rule and be the foundation and basis for the nature and scope of sentences our court impose. We don’t need any more embarrassments, for we’ve been embarrassed enough so far by many outrageous and out of this world rulings that were attributed, in the international community, as being Islamic. Islam has a great face of wisdom and compassion that we need to try hard to show more often.

  3. sultan on January 25, 2010 7:36 am

    She is not 13, she is 20 years old.

    and she was not slashes because the cell phone… she insulted the school teachers and said, I will kill you and she broke a heavy glass over the teacher head which kept her in the hospital for 5 days in very bad situation.

    FYI, this girl caused 10s of problems to the school and other students and she was withdraw from the school for 1 year because of its troubles.

    I live in the same city and I know the whole story behind it, The Daily Mail was not fare in this story at all.

  4. Andrew on January 26, 2010 10:52 am

    The Daily Mail isn’t fair on anything, except it’s equal disdain of; foreigners, non-Tory voters, non-CoE, etc etc.


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