​50 Lashes Saudi: Woman Sentenced to 50 Lashes for Insulting Police

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August 18, 2021

50 lashes for Saudi woman who is convicted of insulting members of the morality police during an argument.

According to Live Trading News, a judge upheld the 50 lashes sentence, but there’s been growing criticism about the recent behavior by the morality police. Most of the complaints involving lashes have been addressed on social media from inside the Kingdom in recent years.

The businesswoman was convicted of insulting members of the morality police during an argument and found guilty of calling them “liars”, Arabic language daily newspaper Al-Medina reported.

The morality police, known formally as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, entered the woman’s café to check that there were no breaches of morality or other Saudi laws, and are believed to have witnessed her employees running away because they were breaking immigration rules.

The 50 Lashes for the Saudi woman was accused of “cursing” the morality police and sentenced by a district judge in Jeddah. Her sentence was subsequently upheld by an appeals court in Mecca.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice was set up in 1926 to monitor public behaviour and enforce a code of conduct that adheres to the strict Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam.

Morality police officers regularly patrol streets and other public spaces such as shopping malls to enforce strict dress codes and 30-minute store closures during Islamic noon, afternoon, sunset and evening prayers. A typical punishment are lashes in Saudi Arabia.

According to The Inquisitr, the 50 lashes Saudi punishment was given after the woman cursed at the morality police and called them liars. The morality police has come under criticism from Saudi citizens after a series of incidents of harsh behaviour.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia’s ruler King Abdullah sacked the head of the religious police after a number of controversies, including footage of officers harassing families in a shopping mall surfaced online and went viral.

Last month, a Jeddah criminal court sentenced two Saudi women to 20 lashes and 10 days in jail for exchanging insults via text and WhatsApp messages.

One of the women filed a lawsuit against her cousin, accusing her of sending insulting messages and distorting her reputation. When the cousins refused to reconcile, the judge passed the sentence. The women are appealing the verdict.

Prior to sentencing 50 lashes to the Saudi woman, King Abdullah and Justice Minister Mohammed Al Issa have pushed reforms aimed at standardizing sentencing. However, analysts say implementation has been slow as conservative judges and officials in the Justice Ministry have blocked change and consider lashes a proper punishment for law breakers.