|Public caning in Aceh, Indonesia (file photo)|
An unmarried couple have been caned by order of the Bener Meriah regency administration in Aceh after they were found guilty of making love.
The caning of Satrio Guntari bin Suwondo and Saidatul Husni binti Samsul Aam was carried out in public after Friday prayers at Al-Amin Pante Raya grand mosque in Bukit District, in accordance with the shariah code that is implemented in Aceh.
"The two convicts should have been whipped seven times but because they have already served a 30-day jail sentence, the caning sentence was reduced to six strokes," Simpang Tiga Redelong chief prosecutor Bambang Panca said.
Head of the Sharia Agency in Bener Meriah Tengku Almujani said the public shaming of the couple would be a good lesson for local people.
"It would certainly be a humiliation if those undergoing the caning were our own children or grandchildren. We hope this the last caning in the regency," he said as quoted by kompas.com.
Source: The Jakarta Post, April 24, 2015
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