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May 27, 2016 9:37 am

Iranian Students Arrested, Given 99 Lashes for Attending Mixed Men, Women Graduation Party

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Students at a graduation (illustrative). Students in Iran were lashed for attending a graduation party that included men and women. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Students at a graduation (illustrative). Students in Iran were lashed for attending a graduation party that included men and women. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

More than 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, Iran’s judiciary has announced.

The punishments, which were believed to be part of a wider crackdown by a judiciary dominated by hard-liners, were meted out in Qazvin, about 90 miles northwest of the capital, and were carried out in record time, Mizan, a news agency affiliated with the judiciary, reported on Thursday, citing the city’s prosecutor.

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