Indonesia: Unmarried couple publicly caned for spending time together

INDONESIA: Eighteen people were publicly caned Tuesday for breaking Islamic law in Indonesia’s Aceh province, including a young unmarried couple who were caught spending time alone together.PHOTO: AFP

A hooded man meted out lashings with a rattan cane on a stage next to the mosque in Banda Aceh, the capital of the western province, in front of a large, cheering crowd.

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A 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were caned eight times each after they were found spending time alone together, which is against the law for unmarried Muslim couples in the province.

Public caning happens on a regular basis in Aceh, the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country to implement Islamic Sharia law, but is less common for women.

Six young men were also caned 40 times each after they were caught drinking alcohol, which violates Islamic law, at a birthday party in a hotel room in December.

Authorities did not disclose the offences committed by the rest of the group, who were all men.

Aceh began implementing sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an effort by the central government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.

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Islamic laws have been strengthened since the province struck a peace deal with the central government in 2005.

More than 90 per cent of Indonesians describe themselves as Muslim, but the vast majority practice a moderate form of the faith.

2 replies

  1. I keep asking Muslim Ahmadiyah (CS,Zia ); Do you support the harsh punishment in public place, such as Aceh punish a girls with flogging or caning ?

    Or do you prefer the jail punishment ?

    Was salam

  2. The Holy Quran does not prescribe any punishment for this situation. So Ali Hidaya do not try to pin every stupidity committed by the Muslims on the religion of Islam.

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