Saudi Arabia to end flogging as form of punishment: Document

first_imgFlogging has been applied to punish a variety of crimes in Saudi Arabia. Without a codified system of law to go with the texts making up sharia, or Islamic law, individual judges have the latitude to interpret religious texts and come up with their own sentences.Rights groups have documented past cases in which Saudi judges have sentenced criminals to flogging for a range of offences, including public intoxication and harassment.Read also: Aceh unveils new female flogging squad”This reform is a momentous step forward in Saudi Arabia’s human rights agenda, and merely one of many recent reforms in the Kingdom,” the president of the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) Awwad Alawwad told Reuters.Other forms of corporal punishment, such as amputation for theft or beheading for murder and terrorism offences, have not yet been outlawed.”This is a welcome change but it should have happened years ago,” said Adam Coogle, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. “There’s nothing now standing in the way of Saudi Arabia reforming its unfair judicial system.” Topics : Saudi Arabia is ending flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom’s top court seen by Reuters on Friday.The decision by the General Commission for the Supreme Court, taken sometime this month, will see the punishment replaced by prison sentences or fines, or a mixture of both.”The decision is an extension of the human rights reforms introduced under the direction of King Salman and the direct supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” the document said.last_img read more

Assam boxer Bhagyabati Kachari win gold medal at the Ahmet Comert International Boxing Tournament

first_imgGUWAHATI, Sep 16: Udalguri girl Bhagyabati Kachari claimed gold medal at the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. Playing in the light heavyweight category (81kg) Bhagyabati got the better of Selma Karakoyun. She was declared the most scientific boxer of the tournament, and the Indian women’s team finished third.Bhagyabati Kachari was also presented the ‘Best Technical Boxer Award’ of the tournamentAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated Bhagyabati Kachari for her victory.https://twitter.com/sarbanandsonwal/status/1041241508681142274The 26-year-old boxer who hails from Udmari village near Tangla in Udalguri is the daughter of Deben Kachari and Chaitra Kachari. She had previously participated and won a number of medals in national boxing championships along with clinching bronze in Asian Women’s Boxing Championships held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia way back in 2012.Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Monika (48kg) also won gold medals for India.last_img read more