On 20 January global news sources report that a 13 year old Saudi girl is sentenced to 90 lashes and two months imprisonment for having a hidden mobile (cell) phone at school, which is strictly against the all-girls school regulations. In fact, the article states that in order to teach all the girls at the school a lesson, she is to receive the flogging in in the presence of her fellow classmates. Now I am going out on a limb here since I do write posts in advance and I actually am composing this on 20 January. For starters I believe the media is overreacting as it is a sensational story as written. However I do not believe there will be an imprisonment. Could you imagine a 13 year old girl imprisoned for two months (yes, that’s 60 days) because she snuck a mobile phone to school? Is a young teenage girl getting caught with a hidden crime so heinous that she would be removed from school for two months in order to be exposed to tougher and hardened criminals for 60 days? I don’t think so. I also doubt whether she will receive 90 lashes. This is not the way to teach a lesson to a young female girl.
What would I suggest? I propose that if it is a strict rule that the school prohibits mobile phones then have the school withhold her mobile from her for 90 days rather than 90 lashes. And in regards to the two month imprisonment, perhaps having her write a daily essay of 100 words for 60 days on why it is important to follow the school rules. That is my view on the subject. And I hope by the time this post is posted we do know whether the initial proclamation was actually carried out as initially reported.
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