What is the punishment for adultery in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country or you can say it is a headquarter of all Islamic world due to Makkah and Madina. The punishment for adultery and homosexuality are very hard in Islam as well as in Saudi Arabia.

The punishment of adultery in Saudi Arabia varies according to the marital status of the person who has committed it. Recommended: What are the crimes Punishable by Death in Saudi Arabia?

What is the punishment for adultery committed by a married person?

If a married person commits adultery in Saudi Arabia, he or she is to be stoned to death. This is the harshest punishment in Islam. However, there are some exceptions to this punishment which have been explained below. Punishment of rape by a married person is also the same.

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What is the punishment for adultery committed by an unmarried person?

If an unmarried person commits adultery in Saudi Arabia, he or she will be lashed 100 times irrespective of the gender. The punishment of adultery for unmarried persons is lower than the married people because unmarried people do not have lawful means to satisfy their sexual needs. Therefore, there are more chances that they get involved in this kind of acts.

This is another reason Islam preaches Muslims to marry their children at an early age. If they are married, there are fewer chances of being involved in such kind of activities.

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What is the punishment for homosexuality in Saudi Arabia?

This is also a very strong sin in Saudi Arabia and treated with the penalty of death. Men and women are not allowed to commit this crime. Penalty or punishment for homosexuality in Saudi Arabia is an execution in the Islamic way.

In Islam committer is executed by beheading which is said to be the least painful way of execution. However, there are some exceptions to this punishment which are explained below.

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Offenders Excluded from Death Penalty

01-Pregnant Women are excluded to be penalized to death. The reason for imposing this law is that the execution of a pregnant woman will result in the execution of two lives including the life of an unborn child who has not committed any offense.

02-Women with Small Children are excluded to be penalized to death. A woman is not beheaded or stoned unless her child becomes two years old. Medical Science has proved that in the first two years, milk of mother is the best diet for any child. However, she is executed after her child becomes two years old.

03-Mentally Sick People are also excluded from the penalty of death. A person who does not have a mental awareness of the consequences of his acts is not criminally responsible beyond the payment of compensation.

04-Minor cannot be given a penalty of death. He cannot be executed for the crimes he has committed during the time when he/she was minor. However, the definition of minor in Saudi Arabia is different from other parts of the world. In Saudi Arabia, minor means a person who has not reached the age of puberty.