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February 4, 2008

Lash Report: Put the Whip Away

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man waving a newspaper in the air at a sudanese rally

Sudanese rally against the teddy bear teacher.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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The practice of publicly flogging lawbreakers is having a moment around the globe: A Saudi gang-rape victim was sentenced to 90 lashes for being in a male friend's car when she was attacked. A British teacher in the Sudan only just escaped 40 lashes for letting her students name the class teddy bear Muhammad. An Iranian woman who was forced into prostitution at age 8 awaits 99 lashes for "acts contrary to chastity."

If this barbaric brand of "justice" outrages you, visit equalitynow.org and add your voice to those who want the whip put away.


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