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“Forcing the sharia officer to stop the canning until she was cleared to continue by a doctor.”
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Woman breaks down as she is publicly whipped 100 times for having pre-marital sex with her boyfriend in Indonesia
- Three people were publicly whipped in a lashing ceremony in Indonesia today
- A couple, both 22, were whipped 100 times each for having pre-marital sex
- The woman cried the whipping was briefly paused while she saw a doctor
- A 19-year-old boy was whipped with a rattan cane for having sex with a minor
A woman cried as she pleaded with a masked sharia officer to stop whipping her in a public ceremony in Indonesia‘s deeply conservative Aceh province on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old woman, who was being punished for having pre-marital sex, was among three people who were publicly whipped 100 times.
Dozens of people watched as the two men and the woman were canned in a stadium in Lhokseumawe, some 170 miles 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.
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
On Wednesday, the 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.
The teen will now serve five years in prison, while the couple will walk free.On Wednesday, the woman and her boyfriend (pictured) who is also 22, received 100 strokes each after they were caught having pre-marital sex
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
Sharia law in Banda Aceh: Public lashings in Indonesia
Aceh is the only province in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, which implements Islamic law, or Sharia.
Last year, two gay men who admitted having sex were flogged in Aceh, with each receiving 100 strokes of the cane, drawing heavy criticism from rights groups.
Gay sex is not illegal in the rest of Indonesia, which mainly follows a criminal code inherited from former colonial ruler the Netherlands.
The province of Banda Aceh began implementing Sharia law after being granted autonomy in 2001 – an attempt by the government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.
Islamic laws have been strengthened since Aceh struck a peace deal with Jakarta in 2005.
People are flogged for a range of offences including gambling, drinking alcohol, gay sex or any sexual relationship outside marriage.
Jono Simbolon (front), an Indonesian Christian, grimaces in pain as he is flogged in front of a crowd outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, on January 19, 2018
More than 90 per cent of the 255million people who live in Indonesia describe themselves as Muslim, but the vast majority practice a moderate form of the faith.
The brutal and public beatings have become more prevalent this year with a number of reported incidents of those being punished collapsing in pain on stage.
Back in September 2014, Aceh approved an anti-homosexuality law that can punish anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes.
After a three-decade-old separatist movement, a peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition that it remained part of the sprawling archipelago.
As part of that deal, Aceh won the right to be the only Indonesian province to use Islamic sharia law as its legal code.
An Acehnese woman was also lashed as part of the public caning on Friday outside a mosque after prayers had finished
Anybody caught engaging in consensual gay sex is punished with 100 lashes, 100 months in jail or a fine of 1,000 grams of gold.
The law also set out punishment for sex crimes, unmarried people engaging in displays of affection, people caught found guilty of adultery and underage sex.
Religious police in Aceh have been known to target Muslim women without head scarves or those wearing tight clothes, and people drinking alcohol or gambling.
Over the past decade, the central government has devolved more power to regional authorities to increase autonomy and speed up development.
Engaging in homosexual acts is not a crime under Indonesia’s national criminal code but remains taboo in many conservative parts of the country with the world’s largest Muslim population.
The trend appeared to be slowing down after a string of worrying incidents at the turn of the new year, but the new pictures reveal the practice still looms large in Indonesia.
Men and women have collapsed in pain due to the severity of their injuries and people can be caned for something as innocent as standing too close to a partner in public or being seen alone with someone they are not married to.
An Islamic enforcer holds the rattan stick against the back of Simbolon, who was whipped 36 times for selling alcohol in the province
In the past two years or so, MailOnline has reported on the troubling rising trend of public lashings carried out in Aceh, Indonesia:
March 1, 2016: Woman whipped 50 times for spending time alone with a man at the age of 19.
March 24, 2016: Young woman carried from the stage on a stretcher after being lashed for sex outside marriage.
August 1, 2016: Another woman is lashed for going on a date in Aceh.
August 15, 2016: Elderly man caned for breaking Sharia law.
September 11, 2016: Man and a woman lashed for having an affair and among the gathered crowd is the mayor of Banda Aceh.
October 17, 2016: Muslim woman screams out in pain on stage after being lashed 23 times for standing too close to her boyfriend.
October 31, 2016: A woman, 20, caned in public for getting too close to a man she wasn’t married to.
November 28, 2016: Man and a woman lashed 100 times each for adultery.
February 2, 2017: Enforcer lands 26 beatings across the back of a woman for having sex outside of wedlock.
February 10, 2017: Woman collapses in pain on stage as she is being caned.
February 27, 2017: Man collapses on stage as he is being whipped for having sex outside of marriage.
August 25, 2017: Ten Indonesians sentenced to up to 100 lashes of the whip for adultery.
September 12, 2017: Woman hospitalised after 100 lashes for being with a man who wasn’t her husband.
November 17, 2017: Woman is caned for adultery.
January, 2018: Indonesian Christian man is publicly flogged 36 times for selling alcohol.
February, 2018: Man and woman, both also Christian, flogged six and seven times respectively for playing a children’s entertainment game.
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