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A 75 year old Saudi woman has been sentenced to forty lashes and four months in prison for mingling with men who were not her close relatives (“mahrams”). According to TIME magazine, “Khamisa Sawadi, who is Syrian but was married to a Saudi, was convicted and sentenced last week for meeting with men who were not her immediate relatives. The two men, including one who was Sawadi’s late husband’s nephew, were also found guilty and sentenced to prison terms and lashes….. The elderly woman met the two 24-year-old men last April after she asked them to bring her five loaves of bread, the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported.

The men — identified by Al-Watan as the nephew, Fahd al-Anzi, and his friend and business partner Hadiyan bin Zein — went to Sawadi’s home in the city of al-Chamil, located north of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. After delivering the bread, the two men were arrested by one of the religious police, Al-Watan reported”.

This is what we should expect in Pakistan if we allow extremists to take over the country. We have seen them burning girls’ schools, bombing music CD shops and shaving being banned in some areas under their control. What next? Women being killed for answering telephones and saying “hello” to male strangers?

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