A Saudi court sentenced a man to five years in prison and ordered him lashed 600 times after he was caught offering his body on Facebook.
The Gulf Kingdom’s religious police seized the man in the eastern town of Dammam after receiving a tip off from a Saudi man in the same city.
Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested the man after raiding his address mentioned on his Facebook page.
A local news agency, Sabq reported that the man, believed to be in his 30s, was arrested after a Saudi national alerted authorities about the posting of “an indecent proposal to offer himself for sexual acts” on a Facebook account. The man admitted that he had made the sex proposal via Facebook.
Comments online were unanimous about the “need to punish the man for going public with his vices.”
“I cannot believe that he has done this and he is supposed to be a mature person in his 30s,” Amer wrote.
Om Muhannad wrote of how shocked she was by his proposal.
“I have always had concerns about teenagers, and now I read about a man in his 30s getting into such acts,” she wrote.
However, Abu Khalid wasn’t quick to condemn the man as he believes the man needs help.
“It is a serious issue and the man needs help. Let us pray that he overcomes his condition. It is very wrong to condemn him. We have to be careful because someone in the family could also be afflicted one day,” he wrote.
Mohammad Abu Adel said that people should not be quick to condemn the man.
“He may have mental or psychological issues. Do you seriously think that someone with a sane mind would do this? Please do watch what you post,” he commented on the news site.
Saudi Arabia, bans deviant sexual behaviour and its courts punishes it with corporal sentences. Whether the man needs help or not, he will serve the complete duration of his sentence and get his lashes.