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All 2010's CP news items, for all countries, in a single date sequence



January -- 7 items

February -- 11 items

March -- 12 items

April -- 19 items

May -- 18 items

June -- 17 items

July -- 12 items

August -- 21 items

September -- 12 items

October -- 17 items

November -- 19 items

December -- 20 items

January 2010

04 JAN....UNITED KINGDOM: Smacking 'makes your child more successful'
Claims made for not spanking are not consistent with the data, finds study

06 JAN....UNITED STATES: Study: Spanking may not be all bad for children
Spanked kids had highest rate of academic achievement

11 JAN....MALAYSIA: Maintain strict discipline to achieve excellence, principals told
Caning is "an influential factor in all successful schools"

13 JAN....CANADA: A good spanking
Columnist considers research into spanking and cultural differences

14 JAN....CANADA: Spanking bans: bad for kids and society
Don't diminish parental rights, warns writer

22 JAN....UNITED STATES: Spare the Spanking, Spoil the Report Card?
Study "undermines rationale for banning spanking", says writer

27 JAN....BOTSWANA: Police Commissioner to hand two flogging dockets to DPP
Attorney-General lays down the law on JCP

February 2010

03 FEB....BOTSWANA: Bailiffs to administer corporal punishment
Courts are recruiting applicants to deliver canings

03 FEB....UNITED KINGDOM: Registrar offered fake degrees for spanking
Suspended sentence for man who filmed himself caning women

04 FEB....UNITED STATES: School Board asks: To spank or not to spank?
Paddling at issue in a Florida district

05 FEB....PAKISTAN: New video shows Taliban flogging men, boy (with video clip)
Offenders are filmed receiving public unofficial JCP

05 FEB....UNITED STATES: Paddling students still common in New Mexico (with video clip)
Mother claims boy's punishment was excessive

06 FEB....UNITED STATES: Some Ky. schools still use paddling as disciplinary measure for students (with video clip)
Suspensions "have not been effective"

10 FEB....UNITED STATES: La Vega principal's arrest puts spotlight on corporal punishment policies
650 Texas school districts allow paddling

17 FEB....UNITED STATES: Teacher suspended without pay for spanking student
Alabama district permits it, but parent had asked for exemption

18 FEB....MALAYSIA: 3 women caned for having illicit sex
First-ever religious CP of women is carried out

18 FEB....TONGA: Tongan teens appeal flogging
Two boys sentenced to be whipped

19 FEB....MALAYSIA: Caning 'has done us a world of good'
Women say they are grateful for punishment

March 2010

02 MAR....UNITED STATES: Fed suit seeks state paddling ban
Paddled schoolboy, 16, wants Mississippi to outlaw school CP

03 MAR....NIGERIA: Student caned for stealing goat
Court order of 12 strokes for 21-year-old is carried out in public

04 MAR....UNITED STATES: Teachers in Fountain Lake want corporal punishment (with video clip)
40 Arkansas teachers say "bring back spanking"

09 MAR....SINGAPORE: 25 years' jail, 24 strokes for rapist
Court orders maximum penalty for 27-year-old who bound and gagged his victim

10 MAR....UNITED STATES: To spank or not: Gaston one of few school districts still using the paddle (with video clip)
Map shows incidence of school CP in different N. Carolina counties

11 MAR....SINGAPORE: Geylang knife attack: Jail, caning for gang of 7 (illustrated)
Seven young gangsters, pictured, receive heavy caning sentences after knife fight leads to death

11 MAR....UNITED STATES: Hess: No criminal case at reform school (illustrated)
No proof that long-ago Florida spankings were abusive, says state; 1974 photo shows paddle and strap

15 MAR....UNITED STATES: Columbus County Schools: Spanking and the drop-out rate (with video clip)
A district in North Carolina that uses the paddle has fewer school drop-outs

16 MAR....BOTSWANA: "Give me back my trousers"
27-year-old gets three strokes for attacking his cousin in domestic dispute

19 MAR....BOTSWANA: The wages of theft
"Three strokes on the bare buttocks" for thief, 24

21 MAR....AUSTRALIA: Australia to defy the ban
Govt rejects UN pressure to outlaw spanking at home

29 MAR....MYANMAR (BURMA): Burma bus company told to 'stop caning drivers'
On-the-spot corporal punishment for drivers and conductors who let too many passengers on buses

April 2010

01 APR....UNITED STATES: Senior Suspended For Skimpy Prom Dress (with video clip)
17 students paddled in AL for inappropriate attire

08 APR....MALAYSIA: Cook gets one year, whipping for consuming liquor (illustrated)
24-year-old, pictured, gets rare Shariah caning sentence for alcohol

08 APR....SINGAPORE: Duo get jail, cane for loan shark activities (illustrated)
Twentysomethings, pictured, sentenced to receive 8 and 10 strokes

13 APR....MALAYSIA: Man who splashed acid on wife gets six years' jail (illustrated)
And two strokes of rotan for husband, 47, pictured

14 APR....AUSTRALIA: Give 'em a smack
Northern Territory hasn't outlawed school CP, but officials say it's not used

14 APR....UNITED STATES: School Board's ban on paddling draws mixed reviews
A Florida school board abandons CP

15 APR....UNITED STATES: Bill to limit school paddlings shelved
Louisiana House rejects limitations on school CP

15 APR....UNITED STATES: Houston Man Paddles New York Congresswoman (with video clip)
But only metaphorically. Federal bill seeks to outlaw school CP

16 APR....MALAYSIA: Man gets jail, rotan for cheating company staff (illustrated)
39-year-old, pictured, ordered to receive 7 strokes of the cane

16 APR....SWAZILAND: Only 4 strokes please - Education Ministry
Article sets out official rules for school canings

16 APR....UNITED STATES: Paddling still used as punishment in schools (with video clip)
Report on CP in Texas

16 APR....UNITED STATES: Texas city takes a swat at student misbehavior with an old custom
Restoration of CP in Temple, TX is a success

18 APR....UNITED STATES: High school paddling: 'It Works' teachers say (with video clip)
Students interviewed in Temple, TX

19 APR....UNITED STATES: Corporal Punishment legal in Texas, lawmaker in D.C. wants to ban it (with video clip)
Texas school districts' paddling policies vary

21 APR....MALAYSIA: Youth gets five years, two strokes for statutory rape (illustrated)
19-year-old, pictured, had sex with underage girl

24 APR....UNITED STATES: Paddling not controversial at local schools
Only with parental permission in many Texas districts

27 APR....US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Teachers protest superintendent's policies
Local authority trying to stop paddling, but teachers object

28 APR....UNITED STATES: Parent: Written policy on spanking needed
CP policy challenged in a N. Carolina district

29 APR....UNITED STATES: When does discipline become a crime? (illustrated)
Father, 37, pictured, spanked boy, 12, for fifteen minutes

May 2010

01 MAY....SINGAPORE: Sex predator of underage girls gets 13 years' jail, six strokes (illustrated)
Caning sentence for 27-year-old, pictured

02 MAY....UNITED STATES: Three strikes and you're ... sore: A look at corporal punishment in area schools
An Alabama paper gives local paddling details

05 MAY....MALAYSIA: Cake seller gets jail and cane for robbing student (illustrated)
Three strokes of the rotan for 21-year-old, pictured

06 MAY....UNITED STATES: Substitute teacher takes a swing at reviving corporal punishment in Dallas ISD (with video clip)
Attempt to reintroduce CP after 5 years of abolition

06 MAY....UNITED STATES: East Texans split over corporal punishment (with video clip)
Several local areas still use the paddle

07 MAY....SINGAPORE: 7 years' jail, 6 strokes of the cane for killing flat-mate (illustrated)
Sentenced 33-year-old is pictured

07 MAY....UNITED STATES: Paddling crusader loses sub job
Teacher campaigning for restoration of CP in Dallas is sacked

12 MAY....MALAYSIA: Indonesian cab driver gets eight years' jail and 10 strokes (illustrated)
Possessor of drugs, 35, is pictured

14 MAY....SINGAPORE: 30 months' jail and 6 strokes of the cane for slashing his mother (illustrated)
Offender, 23, pictured, described as "anti-social personality"

15 MAY....NEW ZEALAND: Bring the cane back in schools -- survey
Half the population wants school CP restored

20 MAY....BOTSWANA: Males decry corporal punishment
Four men, caned by court, complain that women are not subject to JCP

20 MAY....UNITED STATES: Saltillo student paddled, school apologizes (with video clip)
Elementary boy in MS was on the "Do not paddle" list

21 MAY....MALAYSIA: Whipping added to habitual thief's sentence (illustrated)
35-year-old recidivist, pictured, gets three strokes of the cane on appeal

22 MAY....FIJI: Village headmen discuss flogging
Proposed guidelines would allow village meetings to order JCP

26 MAY....SWAZILAND: 30 primary school pupils whipped for relationships
Students aged 11 to 16 punished in hour-long caning ceremony

26 MAY....UNITED STATES: Parents given final say in disciplinary action in Florence schools (with video clip)
Parents may now opt out of spanking in an AL district

28 MAY....UNITED STATES: No grade below 55 among school policy changes
Parents now to be notified before CP in a N. Carolina district

30 MAY....AFGHANISTAN: Child Brides Escape Marriage, but Not Lashes (with video clip)
Teen girls flogged for escaping forced marriages

June 2010

02 JUN....SINGAPORE: Man molested girl on date, slashed woman (illustrated)
Four years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane for 22-year-old, pictured

03 JUN....SINGAPORE: Jail, caning for molesting three women (illustrated)
Army conscript, 20, pictured, gets 12 months and 9 strokes

09 JUN....MALAYSIA: Jobless men get 12 years' jail, whipping for drug possession (illustrated)
Twentysomethings, pictured, each to receive 10 strokes of the rotan

11 JUN....MALAYSIA: Rape and kidnap: Man gets 16 years' jail, whipping (illustrated)
A three-stroke caning for 29-year-old, pictured

12 JUN....UNITED STATES: Former student sheds light on Heritage Boys Academy
Youth who at 16 was sent to Florida institution describes paddlings, says his time there did him good

15 JUN....MALAYSIA: Teenager gets jail, cane for robbing boy
Three years in prison and three strokes

17 JUN....UNITED STATES: La Vega Elementary School principal not indicted in student's paddling
Punishment was lawful, court holds

18 JUN....NIGERIA: Car theft suspect granted bail, another gets strokes of cane
23-year-old is flogged in front of the shop where he stole money

22 JUN....MALAYSIA: Man sentenced to 10 years' jail, 10 strokes for drug possession (illustrated)
35-year-old cannabis offender is pictured

23 JUN....NIGERIA: Student flogged in open court for theft
Offender, 17, receives 12 strokes of the cane there and then

24 JUN....TANZANIA: No reprieve for jailed Kasusura
Appeal court confirms sentence 35 years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane for armed robber

25 JUN....SINGAPORE: Man with pistol gets 12 years, 17 strokes (illustrated)
42-year-old, pictured, had a firearm and ammunition, also contraband cigarettes

26 JUN....SINGAPORE: Swiss vandal gets 5 months, 3 strokes (with video clips)
Nation scandalised by graffiti attack on trains; videos show offender outside court, how the crime was carried out, brief remarks by his lawyer

27 JUN....UNITED STATES: Spanking proposal stirs up feelings (with video clips)
Memphis school board member urges reintroduction of CP

29 JUN....UNITED STATES: Legislation to Ban Corporal Punishment in Schools Hits Congress (with video clip)
New York politician seeks nationwide abolition

30 JUN....MALAYSIA: Duo get jail, cane for hurting colleague (illustrated)
Pair in their twenties, pictured, must receive three strokes each

30 JUN....SINGAPORE: Jail, cane and fine for crimes (illustrated)
21-year-old, pictured, is awarded six strokes of the cane for a string of offences

July 2010

01 JUL....SINGAPORE: Transvestite killer gets 7 years' jail, 8 strokes (illustrated)
28-year-old, pictured, is first to be caned for manslaughter

05 JUL....UNITED STATES: Georgia still won't spare the rod
Dozens of GA school districts still have paddling on the books

07 JUL....MALAYSIA: Former prisoner returns for whipping sentence
36-year-old drug abuser had been released but gets another 1 month so that 10 strokes of the rotan can be applied

07 JUL....UNITED STATES: Court refuses to stop paddlings in Mississippi
Spanked 16-year-old's application is rejected

10 JUL....BANGLADESH: Landmark ruling outlaws fatwas
High Court holds that extrajudicial religious floggings are illegal

10 JUL....SINGAPORE: Where Singapore, Switzerland differ
Swiss President, visiting Singapore, declines to intercede in Oliver Fricker caning case

12 JUL....UNITED STATES: School board says no to paddling
Push to restore CP in Memphis fails

13 JUL....TRINIDAD: Subhas: Strokes on table for gunmen
Govt to make JCP mandatory for gun-related crime

14 JUL....TONGA: Tonga overturns flogging sentence
Two 17-year-olds also have prison terms reduced by appeal court

20 JUL....SINGAPORE: 24 strokes, jail for repeat offender who threatened cops (illustrated)
Maximum sentence for youth, 19, pictured

20 JUL....UNITED STATES: [TPS staffer fired for chronic absenteeism]
Paddling abolished in an OK school district

29 JUL....BANGLADESH: Two caned, fined for teasing girl
Community meeting agrees punishment for youths aged 20 and 21

August 2010

02 AUG....UNITED STATES: Private school creates foundation with the building blocks of success
Texas Christian school employs spankings

04 AUG....SUDAN: Sudan sentences 19 men for wearing women's clothes
30 lashes and a fine each for "breaking moral codes"

05 AUG....NIGERIA: ATM Fraud: 2 Get 6-Month Jail Term Each Or N2,000 Fine
Court also sentences 22-year-olds to 10 strokes of the cane each

05 AUG....UNITED STATES: To paddle or not to paddle students
Background to federal-level anti-CP push in Congress

07 AUG....SOUTH KOREA: Corporal punishment ban to begin
Caning is outlawed in the province surrounding the capital

09 AUG....BANGLADESH: Bangladesh bans corporal punishment in all schools
Government move follows High Court order to stop caning

12 AUG....MALAYSIA: "Expedite guideline on discipline in schools"
Teachers' union calls on govt to restore caning powers to individual teachers

13 AUG....BOTSWANA: Shaped with a whip (illustrated)
20-year-old, pictured, "moans and groans" as he gets five lashes in court

13 AUG....MALAYSIA: Man gets five years' jail and five strokes for causing hurt (illustrated)
32-year-old, pictured, attacked colleague with machete

13 AUG....MALAYSIA: "Certain teachers are authorised to cane"
But only those with written approval from principal or headmaster

14 AUG....SINGAPORE: Five youths convicted of aggravated outrage of modesty
17-to-21-year-olds who attacked girl are given jail sentences and canings

16 AUG....FIJI: Drug farmers face the cane
Youths who cultivate marihuana will be spanked under new village law

16 AUG....UNITED STATES: School board reviews corporal punishment
A North Carolina district keeps the paddle but changes the rules

18 AUG....MALAYSIA: Jailed -- drunk labourer who raped woman (illustrated)
10 years' jail and 7 strokes of the rotan for "sex fiend", 32, pictured

21 AUG....MALAYSIA: Man and sons jailed for rape (illustrated)
Man who raped daughter is spared the rotan but his two twentysomething sons, pictured, are ordered to receive 24 strokes each

23 AUG....UNITED STATES: Should U.S. ban paddling school kids?
A view from Louisiana, where 56 of 70 school systems permit CP

26 AUG....MALAYSIA: 69 years for rape of siblings (illustrated)
12 strokes of the rotan for bogus traditional healer, 63, pictured

27 AUG....ISRAEL: 'Sinner' singer given 39 lashes by rabbis
"Rabinnic court" in battle against musical performances

28 AUG....SWITZERLAND: Whipping for recruits: Shock video from Biere barracks (with video clip)
Corporal punishment scandal in the Swiss Army

29 AUG....NIGERIA: Minor flogged for hawking in Abuja
Mobile court gives boy seven strokes of the cane

31 AUG....THAILAND: Thai Catholic School Teacher Caught Caning Students (with video clip)
Boys seen being disciplined at boarding school

September 2010

01 SEP....SOUTH KOREA: Corporal punishment: 'sudden end'
School CP to be banned in Seoul itself

06 SEP....SINGAPORE: His youngest victim is only 10 (illustrated)
Molester, 23, pictured, is given 12 strokes of the cane and 8 years' jail

07 SEP....MALAYSIA: Local man jailed, whipped for gang robbery (illustrated)
25-year-old, pictured, is ordered to receive two strokes of the rotan

07 SEP....UNITED STATES: Board gets first look at new budget
A district in N. Carolina decides to stop paddling

09 SEP....UNITED STATES: Thomasville officials mull spanking policy (with video clip)
Another North Carolina district discusses paddling

10 SEP....MALAYSIA: Filipino jailed four months and whipped three times for illegal entry into Sabah (illustrated)
Illegal immigrant is pictured after sentence

10 SEP....UNITED STATES: Schools average in paddling
CP situation in various Mississippi districts

21 SEP....UNITED STATES: Paddling as Punishment, How Schools Stack Up (with video clip)
Views differ in Arkansas, where some school administrators still support CP

24 SEP....SINGAPORE: Robber in goldsmith heist jailed 7 years (illustrated)
Plus 12 strokes of the cane for 35-year-old, pictured

27 SEP....UNITED STATES: Small but innovative
A rural school district in Texas favors paddling over in-school suspension

29 SEP....SOUTH KOREA: Top educator in Busan backs corporal punishment
She does not agree with her Seoul colleagues' ban

30 SEP....SOUTH AFRICA: Youngsters allege abuse by police (illustrated)
Two teen boys, pictured, say they were whipped on the backside in police station

October 2010

04 OCT....ZIMBABWE: 15-year-old gets four lashes for fondling minor
Boy ordered to be caned in the prison

05 OCT....SINGAPORE: Fatal mobile phone heist: Duo get 15 yrs and 15 strokes (illustrated)
Severe canings ordered for two 27-year-olds, pictured

05 OCT....SOUTH AFRICA: Policemen allegedly beat boy on back and buttocks (illustrated)
16-year-old, pictured, says he was assaulted at police station

06 OCT....UNITED STATES: Thomasville Approves Changes to Spanking Policy (with video clip)
A district in N. Carolina offers parents paddling opt-out

07 OCT....MALAYSIA: Cook gets jail, rotan for drug possession (illustrated)
Ten strokes for 35-year-old, pictured

07 OCT....UNITED STATES: School Board officially does away with corporal punishment
No more paddling in Tangipahoa, Louisiana

07 OCT....UNITED STATES: In other Lafourche School Board action
Another Louisiana school district also abolishes CP

09 OCT....MALAYSIA: Lorry driver gets six years' jail, whipping for drug possession (illustrated)
Man, 33, pictured, must undergo 13 strokes of the rotan

11 OCT....UNITED STATES: School systems review corporal punishment policy
More changes in North Carolina

15 OCT....GUYANA: Whipping expunged from juvenile laws
Judicial CP abolished

18 OCT....NIGERIA: Minors flogged for hawking in Abuja
Six youngsters get seven strokes of the cane each

20 OCT....MALAYSIA: Gang robbery accused gets five years plus canning [sic] (illustrated)
21-year-old, pictured, gets one stroke of the cane

20 OCT....UNITED STATES: Roanoke school board talks technology, discipline stats
Principals in this Alabama district give their paddling figures

21 OCT....NIGERIA: Minors flogged for hawking in Abuja
Another nine juveniles get seven strokes each

21 OCT....SOUTH KOREA: Resisting Students' Rights
High school student deplores abolition of CP

24 OCT....SOUTH KOREA: Most Seoul schools set new rules to ban corporal punishment
Teachers express concern about unruly students

29 OCT....MALAYSIA: Man gets five years and whipping for acid attack (illustrated)
Offender, 26, pictured, ordered to receive two strokes of the rotan

November 2010

01 NOV....UNITED STATES: Coach admits paddling students
Mississippi basketball coach punished players with a belt

02 NOV....MALAYSIA: Local's rape sentence enhanced to 15 years, 6 strokes (illustrated)
23-year-old, pictured, gets increased punishment for gang rape

02 NOV....UNITED STATES: Murrah coach's return sought amid whipping claims
Players and parents come to defence of Mississippi basketball coach

04 NOV....SINGAPORE: Rapist who 'helped' victim gets 16 years and 6 months in jail, 20 strokes (illustrated)
Heavy caning for 32-year-old, pictured

09 NOV....MALAYSIA: 18 years, cane for raping disabled girl (illustrated)
Nine strokes of the rotan for 22-year-old, pictured

09 NOV....NIGERIA: Minors flogged for hawking in Abuja
25 boys and girls get six strokes of the cane each

09 NOV....SINGAPORE: He killed toddler over cigarettes (illustrated)
Father, 28, pictured, has his sentence increased to 10 years and 10 strokes of the cane

09 NOV....UNITED STATES: Paddling: Parent Claims Teacher Went To The Extreme
Spanking of 12-year-old Alabama boy causes controversy

09 NOV....UNITED STATES: Attorney: Video Shows Murrah Coach Whipping Players (with video clips)
Basketball spankings in Jackson, MS, are caught on video

11 NOV....MALAYSIA: Jailed for raping pupil (illustrated)
Former teacher, 31, pictured, is also ordered to receive four strokes

13 NOV....SINGAPORE: Jail, caning for man who robbed pregnant woman (illustrated)
Robber, 24, pictured, is awarded a 12-stroke caning

15 NOV....NIGERIA: 15 flogged for hawking
Another 15 youths sentenced to seven strokes each

15 NOV....PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Corporal punishment
Youth Council instigates caning for truant students in Madang

15 NOV....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment called routine in embattled coach's past
Background to the Mississippi belting dispute

16 NOV....SINGAPORE: Swiss vandal released from prison (illustrated)
Oliver Fricker, 32, pictured, flies home after 5 months in jail and 3 strokes of the cane

19 NOV....UNITED STATES: School dress, punishment addressed (with video clip)
A Louisiana district offers parental choice over paddling

23 NOV....MALAYSIA: Raping, confining woman: 2 jailed (illustrated)
Offenders, 20 and 21, pictured, also sentenced to caning

24 NOV....UNITED STATES: Corporal Punishment Complaint
Arkansas girl, 12, chose three paddle swats over detention

29 NOV....INDIA: Govt plans to enact law to stop corporal punishment
West Bengal state government considers outlawing it

December 2010

01 DEC....UNITED STATES: Corporal Punishment Still Exists in Some Schools (with video clip)
New anti-paddle campaign in Texas

02 DEC....FIJI: Bua chief enforces spanking
District elders will spank any villagers found guilty of crime

03 DEC....MALAYSIA: Jail sentence, whipping enhanced (illustrated)
41-year-old wifebeater, pictured, sees his 8-year sentence increased to 12 and four cane strokes to six

03 DEC....MALAYSIA: Jail sentence on waiter for raping girl affirmed (illustrated)
Three strokes of the cane for rapist, 19, pictured

06 DEC....MALAYSIA: Malaysia urged to stop caning 'epidemic'
Amnesty International claims thousands of immigrants caned per year

06 DEC....SAUDI ARABIA: Two maids jailed, to be lashed for sorcery
Indonesian housemaids aged 25 and 33 ordered to receive 700 lashes each

09 DEC....SINGAPORE: He smashes a glass on victim's head
Four years' jail and six strokes of cane for 50-year-old after vicious parang attack

10 DEC....UNITED STATES: Corporal punishment reinstated in Drew
A Mississippi district agrees new spanking policy, but only up to 6th grade

11 DEC....SINGAPORE: Man gets jail and caning for molesting stepdaughter
12 strokes of the cane for man, 42

11 DEC....UNITED STATES: Moms angry over swats
Two TX girls, 17, paddled for going to lavatory

15 DEC....MALAYSIA: Three-year jail, whipping for cheating
Man, age not stated, gets 9 strokes of the cane

15 DEC....SAUDI ARABIA: Son of Saudi Islamic police chief to be lashed
50 lashes for fighting

15 DEC....SUDAN: Flogged 53 times ... 'for wearing trousers' (with video clip)
Woman's whipping in the street is caught on film

15 DEC....UNITED STATES: City View Paddling Raising Questions About Discipline (with video clip)
More on Texas girls' paddling case

18 DEC....SINGAPORE: Jail, caning for molesting 3 women at knifepoint (illustrated)
22-year-old, pictured, is ordered to receive 18 strokes of the cane

21 DEC....UNITED STATES: Coach suspended for whipping players returns (with video clip)
Row over basketball spankings in Jackson, MS, subsides

22 DEC....IRAN: Iranian whipped in public for drinking alcohol
80 lashes in a public square in Ramshir

23 DEC....SAUDI ARABIA: Mobile phone thief gets five years, 500 lashes
Heavy sentence for twentysomething who robbed at knifepoint

23 DEC....UNITED STATES: Police arrest Mishawaka man after spanking
Indiana man, 30, accused of battery after spanking son, 6

26 DEC....SOUTH KOREA: Schools buckle under corporal punishment ban
Abolition of CP in Seoul and Gyeonggi produces classroom chaos

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