In Saudi Arabia, You Can Be Lashed for a Text Message

04.29.13 2:30 PM ET

Saudi woman sentenced to eight lashes for a text message.

The 30-year-old woman, identified only as YH, has been pronounced guilty for sending an SMS to another Saudi woman, containing a group of telephone numbers under the name 'Shiite Islamic religious services'. … The act of calling people for Shiism, or openly advocating the Shia faith, has been pronounced as haram (forbidden and despicable in Arabic) by the Attorney General, who publicly demanded that YH be severely punished.