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Saudi Widow Sentenced to a Flogging

Meet Khamisa Sawadi, a 75-year-old widow who has been sentenced to 40 lashes for the crime of "mingling" with men who weren't her relatives. Who were these men? Her husband's nephew and his business partner, both aged 24, who she met with and asked for five loaves of bread. The men also received prison sentences and lashes. Some Saudi commentators have accused the religious police of going overboard.