Saudi Arabia: Four caught dancing at party sentenced to dig graves and visit intensive care patients

Saudi Arabia: Two men and two women were caught dancing and singing at a party in a beach resort(Fahad Shadeed/Reuters)

Two men and two women caught dancing and singing at a party in a beach resort in Saudi Arabia have been sentenced to dig graves and visit intensive care patients.

The unusual sentences were issued by the Criminal Court in Jeddah, which ordered the male pair to dig five graves and the girls to visit 10 patients at an intensive care unit of a government hospital.

According to Judge Yasser Al-Balawi, who issued the verdict, sentences which do not require individuals to go to jail can spare families from embarrassment and avoid negative perceptions by the community as well as risks of unemployment, Arab News reported.

It is believed the prosecutor has objected to the verdict.

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Dancing and singing Western songs is forbidden in Saudi Arabia, which employs the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), in charge of making sure citizens follow rules.

Unmarried men and women are also forbidden from mingling in public.

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