Man begs for mercy after receiving five lashes for having sex with an underage girl in Indonesia… but is told he can be whipped another 95 TIMES after doctors examine him
- Two men caught having sex with underage girls were whipped 100 times each
- One had been abusing his underage step-daughter and the other his neighbour
- The hundred strike punishment is reserved under Sharia law for heinous crimes
- They were both caged for five years after the public humiliation in Aceh
A man caught having sex with an underage girl in Indonesia begged for mercy after receiving five lashes – only to be whipped another 95 times after doctors examined him.
He and another man accused of the same crime were punished with a hundred lashes each and jailed for five years in the Muslim-majority Aceh province on Wednesday.
As one of the men wailed for clemency, the other endured the whipping in silence while blood seeped through his white tunic.
One had been having sex with his underage step-daughter, while the other was sleeping with an underage neighbour.
A doctor treats the raw wounds opened up by the rattan switch of the masked Sharia officer on Wednesday in Aceh, Indonesia
The shrouded Sharia officer uses a rattan cane in front of crowds of locals and officials as the criminal receives his punishment in Aceh, Indonesia
Sharia flogging is common 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.
It is the only province in Indonesia that imposes Islamic law.
Indonesia’s age of consent is 18, although 16-year-olds can marry with parental permission.
The 100-stroke punishment is reserved for the most severe crimes and the pair were also sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
By contrast, a half dozen men whipped this week for online gambling – an offence under Islamic law – received between seven and 11 strokes each from a rattan cane.
On Wednesday, one of the men raised his hand and begged a masked sharia officer to stop after he had received just five lashes, saying he could not take the pain.
The flogging resumed after doctors on the scene declared him fit enough to receive some 95 more strokes.
One of the men cried out for mercy while the other took his punishment without complaint as blood seeped through his tunic (it was not reported which man is pictured)
‘We’ll only postpone a caning if the doctors say there’s a serious health threat,’ local prosecutor Isnawati, who goes by one name, told reporters Wednesday.
The other man quietly endured his punishment as he bled.
Unlike some public floggings that can attract hundreds of spectators, including children, only a few dozen people watched Wednesday’s whipping, which took place in a sports stadium.
Usually public whippings are held outside a mosque after Friday prayers.
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.
Earlier this year, Aceh said that flogging would be carried out behind prison walls in future, but some local governments have continued public whippings.