The brutal and degrading sentence was carried out in public Thursday afternoon in a garden, the state-run daily Khorasan wrote on Saturday.

The mullahs’ regime has stepped up the use of degrading punishments such as public floggings during Ramadan. Its main intention is to increase suppression of dissent and spread fear at a time when the regime is negotiating with world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for an end to international sanctions.

Anyone in Iran caught eating, drinking or smoking in public during daytime in Ramadan may receive 74 lashes in addition to a jail term of up to two months, judiciary officials of the regime have threatened. Special patrols are stationed at streets and public parks to deal with those who drink, eat or smoke in public.

At least 500 people have been arrested and the majority sentenced to flogging in Shiraz, southern Iran, for failing to observe a fast during daytime in Ramadan, the regime’s deputy prosecutor general in the city has said.

Last year, a Christian man in Iran had his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in Ramadan. The savage punishment was carried out in public in the city of Kermanshah.

The number of floggings across Iran is much higher than officially announced.