An Indonesian woman screamed in agony as she was severely beaten with a cane in Aceh. She is merely one, in a fast growing number of women to be publicly flogged for breaking the province’s strict Islamic laws.
Aceh is literally the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that adheres to sharia law. People can face all kinds of punishments ranging from, floggings for gambling, to drinking alcohol, to gay sex.
In the latest public caning spectacle, 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 guilty adultery was flogged 22 times although his partner, two-months pregnant, is still nervously waiting to see what her fate holds at an Islamic court.
However, Aceh authorities, being the “compassionate” people they are, usually spare pregnant women from canings.
It’s been said that Islamic laws were strengthened when the province struck a peace deal with Jakarta in 2005. Ever since then, the amount of women being caned has skyrocketed. Wow, yeah, I think I agree with Obama guys…let’s be tolerant of an intolerant religion. I’m all up for the next caning, how bout you?!
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