Saudi Woman Sentenced to 50 Lashes for ‘Cursing the Morality Police’

August 18, 2014

A businesswoman in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to receive 50 lashes for defending the reputation of her café against what she claims are “lies” by the nation’s morality police that the café had breached ethical standards. These police checked her café for breaches of morality, and the men claim a few of her employees ran away because they were illegal. But the businesswoman argued and said the police were liars. She was then arrested and found her guilty of “cursing the morality police.” A judge in Jeddah sentenced her to 50 lashes. Though she appealed the conviction, the appeals court in Mecca upheld the sentence. The morality police’s formal name is The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV). Their job is to monitor public behavior according to the Wahhabi School of Sunni Islam. A few “crimes” include homosexuality, fornication, attempts to convert anyone away from Islam, and socializing with unrelated males and females. The police make sure stores abide by the Muslim dietary laws and close at prayer times. However, the system is filled with controversies. King Abdullah fired Shaikh Aziz Al Humain in January 2012 due to numerous complaints from citizens. Sheik

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