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Indonesia: 13 people caned for indecency in Aceh province

A Muslim woman is caned in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, for breaking sharia law.
A Muslim woman is caned in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, for breaking sharia law.
Seven men and six women were publicly caned in the front yard of the Al Ikhlas Mosque in Gampong Keuramat, Kuta Alam subdistrict of Banda Aceh on Monday for violating Aceh's Islamic bylaws.

Banda Aceh deputy mayor Zainal Arifin and hundreds of residents witnessed the public punishment, which was conducted at 11 a.m. despite the rain, albeit an hour later than scheduled.

The Antara news agency reported that the convicts were guilty of inappropriate acts, including khalwat (affectionate contact by an unmarried couple) and ikhtilat (intimacy or mixing) in violation of Islamic bylaws.

The 13 people received nine to 25 strikes each, depending on the severity of their misdeeds.

The caning of a 14th convict was delayed due to her pregnancy and is set to be carried out after she has given birth.

Deputy mayor Zainal asserted that the punishment was meant to teach people a lesson so that they would not violate Islamic law.

"Caning sentences have been enforced many times in the city of Banda Aceh. This proves that the government and the people of Banda Aceh are committed to implementing and enforcing the sharia," he said as reported by Antara.

Zainal called on the public to fully obey the sharia, saying that no one should violate Islamic law.

Aceh, which enjoys a special autonomy status, is the only province in Indonesia to adopt Islamic law.

Source: Jakarta Post, October 17, 2016

Muslim woman screams out in pain as she is caned 23 times in Indonesia for 'standing too close to her boyfriend'


Heart-wrenching images show a screaming young woman flogged in front of a jeering crowd for breaking Islamic laws as floggings reportedly spike in Indonesian province.

An unidentified woman screamed out in pain as she was caned 23 times in Indonesia's Aceh for breaking the province's strict Islamic law forbidding intimacy between unmarried couples.

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that enforces sharia law and people face floggings for a range of offences, including gambling, drinking alcohol and gay sex.

She was one of 13 people - aged between 21-30 - to be flogged on Monday at a mosque.

The woman was allegedly caught standing too close to her boyfriend.

The six couples were found guilty of breaking Islamic law that bans intimacy - no touching, hugging and kissing - between unmarried people.

One man was even caned for spending time with a member of the opposite sex in a private location, which could lead to adultery.

Ms Elita had to be taken to hospital at the end of her lashings.
Ms Elita had to be taken to hospital at the end of her lashings.
One of the offenders, a 22-year-old pregnant woman, was not flogged on Monday but was warned the punishment will be enforced after she has given birth.

With a reported increase in floggings of women, Daily Mail reported Nur Elita was marched to the yard of Baiturrahumim Mosque in Banda Aceh at the end of last year and received five lashes.

Ms Elita keeled over in pain at the end of her lashings as she had to be carried off stage and taken to hospital.

She received her harsh floggings for getting to close to a fellow university student - who was also whipped.

Source: Daily Mail Online, October 17, 2016


Shariah Law: Medieval and barbaric punishments


Shariah Law: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Shariah Law: Barbaric and medieval punishments


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