17/03/2015 4:46 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Woman To Receive 70 Lashes For Insulting Man On Whatsapp In Saudi Arabia

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An Indian human rights activist holds banner as she protests against the punishment of a Saudi Arabian rape victim, outside the Saudi Arabian counsulate in Mumbai, 22 November 2007. The demonstrators gathered to protest against the sentencing of a Saudi rape victim to 200 lashes and six months in jail for 'being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape. Saudi Arabia enforces a strict form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism and forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and requires them to cover head-to-toe in public. AFP PHOTO/Pal PILLAI (Photo credit should read PAL PILLAI/AFP/Getty Images)

Dubai — A woman in Saudi Arabia has reportedly been asked to pay a fine of 5300 dollars and sentenced to 70 lashes by a court of law for insulting and defaming a man on messaging application WhatsApp.

A source at the criminal court in Al Qatif in Eastern Saudi Arabia said that the ruling was announced after the court found the 32-year-old woman guilty of damaging the reputation of the complainant on Whatsapp, reported Gulf News.

The case was filed by the man following an argument with the woman whose nationality has not been disclosed. The source did not explain the nature of the disagreement.

The defendant admitted that she had insulted the man but rejected the court's verdict.

A Saudi Arabian court had earlier sentenced two women to 10 days in jail and 20 lashes for insulting each other using WhatsApp in the city of Jeddah.