In­done­sian woman screams in pain dur­ing Aceh can­ing

The lat­est in a grow­ing num­ber of women pub­licly flogged

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

An In­done­sian woman screamed in agony yes­ter­day as she was caned in Aceh, the lat­est in a grow­ing num­ber of women to be pub­licly flogged for break­ing the prov­ince’s strict Is­lamic laws. Aceh is the only prov­ince in the world’s most pop­u­lous Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try that im­poses sharia law. Peo­ple can face flog­gings for a range of of­fences-from gam­bling, to drink­ing al­co­hol, to gay sex.In the lat­est can­ing, five peo­ple-two women and three men-were flogged in front of a cheer­ing crowd at a mosque in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Banda Aceh.

The 34-year-old woman who yelled in pain had been found guilty of spend­ing time in close prox­im­ity with a man who was not her hus­band in con­tra­ven­tion of Aceh’s Is­lamic reg­u­la­tions. She was lashed seven times with a rat­tan cane by a man wear­ing long robes and a hood, with just slits for the eyes. “It hurts so bad,” the woman said, rais­ing her arms into the air, as she was beaten. The 32-year-old man with whom she was caught was also flogged seven times. Two univer­sity stu­dents, both 19, re­ceived 100 lashes of the cane af­ter they con­fessed to sex out­side mar­riage. They stared at the ground as they were flogged, show­ing lit­tle emo­tion.

A man found guilty of sex out­side mar­riage was flogged 22 times although his part­ner, who is two-months preg­nant, is still wait­ing to learn her fate af­ter fac­ing trial at an Is­lamic court. How­ever Aceh author­i­ties typ­i­cally spare preg­nant women from can­ings. Aceh, on Su­ma­tra is­land, be­gan im­ple­ment­ing sharia law af­ter be­ing granted spe­cial au­ton­omy in 2001, an at­tempt by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Jakarta to quell a long-run­ning sep­a­ratist in­sur­gency. Is­lamic laws have been strength­ened since the prov­ince struck a peace deal with Jakarta in 2005, and there has been a par­tic­u­lar in­crease in the num­ber of women be­ing caned in re­cent times. — AFP

BANDA ACEH: A re­li­gious of­fi­cer canes an Acehnese woman for spend­ing time in close prox­im­ity with a man who is not her hus­band. — AFP

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