Indonesian Woman Caned in Front of Cheering Crowd For Standing Too Close to Her Boyfriend
BANDA ACEH - INDONESIA 28: An Indonesian Sharia police whips a women during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province on December 28, 2015. Aceh is the only province of Indonesia that is enforcing the Islamic Sharia law and violators are punished by public caning.
A young woman whose only crime was “standing too close to her boyfriend,” was publicly caned at a mosque in Indonesia on Monday. She was photographed screaming in pain in front of a jeering crowd in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Agence France-Presse reported.
The woman was among the seven men and six women aged between 21 and 30 who were punished under the province’s Sharia law.
Aceh is the only province in the Muslim-majority nation that has been imposing Sharia law since it was granted special autonomy by Indonesia’s central government in 2001.
Under the strict Islamic laws, offenders may face floggings for engaging in various prohibited acts such as gambling, drinking alcohol, gay sex and others.
For the recent batch of “sinners,” six couples were found to have broken the laws banning intimacy. Such offense may have involved touching, hugging and kissing while outside of marriage.
One man was reportedly given lashings just for spending time with a female in a hidden location, an action that under the law, may have caused adultery. A pregnant offender’s caning was temporarily postponed until she can give birth.
“The punishment will be handed down after she gives birth,” Aceh Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin was quoted as saying. The mayor also expressed that he hoped the public punishments should serve as a warning to people.
“We hope there are no more people in Banda Aceh who break the law in future,” he said.
The number of people being caned in Aceh has been observed to have increased in recent times, with a significant spike in flogged women.
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