The Asia News website reports today (June 23, 2010) that four men and 11 women in the city of Ha'il, Saudi Arabia, were sentenced yesterday for "socializing" at a party.
Each individual was judged by the court and received a sentence of one to two years in prison and an unspecified number of lashes. Only one of the women did not go to prison -- because she is a juvenile -- but she will be punished with 80 lashes.
Saudi law is based on a strict interpretation of Islam, and forbids men and women who are not related to each other to socialize. Punishments for such cases are very frequent in Saudi Arabia.
In March, 2010, a 75-year-old Syrian woman was sentenced to 40 lashes and four months in prison, after police found her at her home with two men. The woman had asked the men to bring her five slices of bread.