Teenagers are thrashed for having a cuddle: Woman, 18, and her boyfriend are whipped with bamboo cane in public for breaching Indonesia’s strict Sharia law
- Aceh Province, Indonesia, enforces strict Sharia law which includes caning for public acts deemed indecent
- University student and her boyfriend, both 18, were sentenced to the punishment after being caught hugging
- Pair were locked up in jail for several months before being beaten with a bamboo cane in front of a crowd
- Man, 35, was also whipped on the same day for being ‘intimate’ with 40-year-old woman in at a grocery shop
Two teenagers have been whipped 17 times each after spending months in jail because they were caught hugging in Indonesia’s Aceh province.
A female university student and her boyfriend, both 18, were handed the sentence under strict Sharia law in the province, which forbids intimate displays in public.
The pair were marched on to a stage in front of a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh before being struck across the back with a bamboo cane.
A female university student and her boyfriend, both 18, were beaten in Indonesia’s Aceh province after being caught hugging
The pair were marched on to a platform in front of the mosque in the city of Banda Aech before being hit with a bamboo cane
Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which follows a strict code of Sharia Law, which includes punishments such as caning for public acts which are deemed to be indecent
Afterward, Banda Aceh deputy mayor Zainal Arifin said: ‘People outside of Aceh who think Islamic Sharia is cruel can now see that it is actually very tolerant and humane.’
Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the punishment being carried out.
A 35-year-old man was also flogged with a rattan cane for being intimate with a woman – aged 40 – in a local grocery store.
On Thursday, the 40-year-old woman pleaded to be caned in order to get out of jail, but a medical team postponed her flogging after they deemed her physically unfit.
All four had served several months in prison.
Aceh is the only province in the world’s biggest Muslim majority country that imposes Islamic law.
The man and woman spent several months in prison in Aceh province before their sentence was carried out on Thursday
The 18-year-old had to be helped from the stage by female attendants after being beaten across her shoulders
The weeping student is led away from the crowds. After the punishment was carried out, Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin said it proved how ‘tolerant and humane’ Sharia Law is
Rights groups slam 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 mostly Muslim population – around 98 percent of its five million residents practise Islam.
In December, two men caught having sex with underage girls were whipped 100 times each.
Earlier this year, Aceh said that flogging would be carried out behind prison walls in future, but some local governments have continued public whippings.
Aceh adopted religious law after it was granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.
A crowd of hundreds gathered to watch and film the flogging, which included a 35-year-old man who was beaten for being ‘intimate’ with a woman in a grocery store
The man hangs his head as he is led away from the stage where the public beating took place in regional capital Banda Aceh