Until September 1941 New Zealanders could be legally flogged.

Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s brutal and inhumane treatment of blogger Raif Badawi in 2015, flogging as a punishment was back in the news. In 19th century Britain, the case of a young soldier who died after a similar assault provoked a national outcry. As well as Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Indonesia and Iran also continue to practice flogging with 40 to 80 strokes prescribed in the Quran. The most severe lashing assigned by a modern Saudi Arabian judge took place in 2007, when two men received a staggering 7,000 strokes each as punishment for loving each other. read more