Unmarried Muslim couple publicly caned in Indonesia for spending time alone together

Published: March 1, 2016


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.

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.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Mamu
    Mar 1, 2016 - 1:45PM

    Feel proud to see Indonesia follow the right way.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 1, 2016 - 2:15PM

    Why was he caned? Were four witlessness produced in evidence? I think this is exaggeration to keep public oppressed.Recommend

  • Qasim Cheema
    Mar 1, 2016 - 4:17PM

    What do you mean by “moderate islam”. Either its islamic or its not.Recommend

  • jay
    Mar 1, 2016 - 4:45PM

    Another country going back to stone age. Beating is a punishment? It’s violence. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Mar 2, 2016 - 5:37PM

    That is as per your understanding. Dont parents beat their kids when they misbehave? Or you will call that also as violence. Violence is the unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force. And where it is a law then it is called a punishment and not violence. Recommend

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