BFF-37 Indonesia’s Aceh whips two men, woman for breaking sharia law

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Indonesia’s Aceh whips two men, woman for breaking sharia law

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia, July 31, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Three people were
publicly whipped 100 times each in Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh
province on Wednesday, with one woman pleading for the masked sharia officer
to stop because she could not bear the pain.

Dozens of people watched as the two men and one woman were canned in a
stadium in Lhokseumawe, some 274 kilometres from the provincial capital Banda
Aceh.

Flogging is used as punishment for a range of offences in the region at the
tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay
sex or relations outside of marriage.

On Wednesday, a 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend, who is also 22,
received 100 strokes each after they were caught having pre-marital sex.

The woman broke down several times due to the pain of the punishment,
forcing the sharia officer to stop the canning until she was cleared to
continue by a doctor.

A 19-year-old boy was also whipped with a rattan cane for having sex with a
minor.

His white shirt was soaked with blood by the end of the thrashing, an AFP
reporter said.

The teen will now serve five years in prison, while the couple will walk
free.

Fakhrillah, an official from the local prosecutor’s office, said the
flogging was held inside a stadium to prevent children from watching.

Aceh is the only province in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country
that imposes Islamic law.

In December, two men caught having sex with underage girls were whipped 100
times each in Aceh.

Rights groups have slammed public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s
President Joko Widodo has called for it to end, but the practice has wide
support among Aceh’s population.

BSS/AFP/RY/20:45 hrs