Saudi Arabia
Saudi police and public wait at a square before a public flogging in the city of Khobar in September 2009.Reuters File

A group of 35 Asians have been arrested by the Saudi religious police for hosting a "depraved" and "loud" birthday party near the sacred city of Makkah.

The 25 men and 10 women were celebrating the birthday of one of their friends in a recreational area when the Saudi religious police busted them for dancing to the tunes of loud music.

A Saudi news source Sabq reported that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which is the Saudi religious police, later claimed that they have seized large quantities of drugs and alcohol from the revellers.

According to Gulf News, many Saudi social media users are now demanding the authorities severely punish the arrested as they held a "depraved party" near the holy city of Makkah.

The social media users requested the Saudi police to ensure that the arrested Asians serve their sentence as per Saudi laws before they are deported back to their country.

Saudi Arabia has one of the strictest laws, when it comes to consumption of alcohol and drugs. Drinking alcohol is considered a serious crime, and the punishment sometimes goes up to 500 lashes. The same punishment applies to drug use as well.

And those arrested for trafficking drugs or alcohol are either beheaded or hung to death.

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