Published January 20, 2010
A teenage girl in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in prison for taking a cell phone to school, the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
The 13-year-old's punishment, harsher than that given to some robbers and looters, requires her to be flogged in front of her classmates, the Daily Mail quoted Saudi newspaper Al-Watan.
She was reportedly hiding a cell phone in class, breaking strict Saudi regulations banning their use in girls' schools.
Saudi Arabia is the world's leading country in the use of torture-by-flogging, and religious police keep a close watch over public behavior, the Mail reported.
In September, twenty Saudi teenagers who ransacked shops and restaurants were flogged in public.