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100 Lashes Each for Illicit Relationships in Qatar


100 lashes for illicit relations

By Nour Abuzant in today’s Gulf Times
Two Asians – a man and a woman – have been sentenced to 100 lashes each and subsequent deportation for maintaining illicit relations.

The father of the woman told the interrogators that he saw his 21-year-old daughter leaving the house in the morning of April 15, 2009 and boarding the car of her 26-year old lover.
The father also said he opposed their marriage and that he had planned his daughter’s marriage with another compatriot man.

The Doha court of first instance heard that the father found three mobile phones, belonging to her lover, in his daughter’s possession.

The accused Pakistani nationals confessed in the court that they were in love. The court said that the 100-lash penalty came in line with the Sharia rules, as both the accused were Muslims and unmarried.

That’s some angry father – turning in his own daughter to be jailed, humiliated in court and then subjected to the additional humiliation and pain of 100 lashes. Cannot imagine what that will do to her marriage prospects “with another compatriot man.”

Some people ask why I run these articles about expats. The truth, as I see it, is that any one of us who is not Qatari falls under these laws. We are ALL expats. The laws can be applied to any one of us at any time.

January 11, 2010 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, News, NonFiction, Pakistan


  1. Sharia rules only applies to Muslims, don’t they?

    Comment by Polar Panda | January 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. The rules of a nation apply to everyone. In some countries, there are rules about who you can be in the same car with. Women and men who are not within those rules (brother, husband, father; you can be in a car with a man to whom you could not be married) can be arrested. (No one has explained to my why the driver does not count as a man.) There are also rules about how much affection you can show in public. There are rules which are not applied, but can be, about being in a hotel room with someone you are not married to. Things like that.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. Yes, yes we are…over 70% of us are not Them, and They can make the rules apply to us (or not) whenever They like. I never forget this.

    Comment by AcadeMama | January 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. What will happen if you live in the same house, a man and a woman who are not married? (Expat)

    Comment by Shala shala | February 2, 2015 | Reply

    • I’ve known people who live like that in Qatar. As long as you are on an expat compound, you may be OK. The problem is your papers; if you are not married, you will not be able to have resident papers, a legal driver’s license, etc. If you have your own residence and are sort of sleeping-over, well a lot of people are doing that. If you are living with this person and do not have residency, you will have to leave at the end of every visa and come back when allowed. It’s a pain in the neck.

      If you are a Muslim, you run a higher risk. As an expat non-Muslim, mostly they will just expel you, maybe after a short jail sentence, and they might put you on a list that prevents your re-entering the country. As a Muslim, you can be subject to the full extent of the law.

      Westerners sometimes feel safe that the rules don’t apply to them. It’s a false sense of security. If the rules are in place, they can be applied any time someone wants to. Like alcohol; a lot of people do it, but if you get caught, and someone wants to make a point, the penalties can be stiff.

      Comment by intlxpatr | February 2, 2015 | Reply

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