Those warm fuzzy feelings at Ramadan: Saudi cousins lashed for ‘exchanging insults’ on Whatsapp

The Criminal Court in the city of Jeddah sentenced two Saudi women to 10 days in jail and 20 lashes each for exchanging insults via text and WhatsApp messages, Okaz daily reported Tuesday.

One of the women had filed a lawsuit against her maternal cousin, accusing her of sending insulting messages and of distorting her reputation, the daily said.

The judge urged both women to reflect on their behavior, and to consider their family ties as well as the holy month of Ramadan.

When they both refused to reconcile, the judge passed sentence and made them pledge not to harm one another verbally or physically.

The women are appealing the verdict, and must do so within 30 days.