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Iran's Lashings of Ultraviolent Kissing Laws

Saturday, April 26, 2003
50 something Iranian actress Gowhar Kheirandish was sentenced to 74 lashes of the whip this week, after a Sharia court found her guilty of kissing a 20 something bloke on the cheek in public (The Guardian)

Merciful officials suspended her punishment though stressed it will be carried out if she repeats her crime, which Iranian authorities consider is un-Islamic unless both parties are related and kiss in private.

"What happened was an emotional, motherly gesture," the apparently shameless sex criminal suggested.

"I have nothing more to add."