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Iranian Students Lashed 99 Times Over Coed Party – The New York Times

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Iranian Students Lashed 99 Times Over Coed Party – The New York Times

30 college students were arrested, interrogated and within 24 hours were each given 99 lashes for attending a graduation party that included men and women.

Atta Kenare / AFP / Getty Images

Mixed-gender parties, dancing and the consumption of alcohol are illegal in Iran, although they have become common over the past decade, especially in cities.

Lashings have been used regularly as a punishment since the Islamic revolution of 1979, but in recent years the practice has been used more as a threat than an actual punishment.

Col. Mojtaba Ashrafi of the Semnan police told the news agency that the raids were carried out over a 48-hour period, after the authorities monitored for several weeks 58 homes in which single people were

Source: Iranian Students Lashed 99 Times Over Coed Party – The New York Times

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