Saudi girl, 13, sentenced to 90 lashes after she took a mobile phone to school
By Mike Theodoulou
Last updated at 1:25 PM on 20th January 2010
A 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months' prison in Saudi Arabia after she took a mobile phone to school.
A court ordered the girl to be flogged in front of her classmates following an assault on the school principal, according to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan.
After the assault she was discovered to have concealed a mobile phone, breaking strict Saudi regulations banning the use of camera-equipped phones in girls' schools.
Brutal: public floggings, such as in this archive picture, are a common punishment handed down by religious courts in Saudi Arabia
Al-Watan said a court in the northeastern Gulf port of Jubail had sentenced the girl to 90 lashes inside her school, followed by two months' detention.
The punishment is harsher than tha dished out to some robbers and looters.