Caned in Public for Getting Too Close to the Opposite Sex

A man in Indonesia grimaces in pain during Sharia punishment for getting too close to women.

Daily Mail. One woman begged for mercy and another sobbed uncontrollably as Indonesia‘s Aceh arch-conservative province flogged 11 people for getting too close to members of the opposite sex. 

The six men and five women were rounded up by religious officers who caught them behaving amorously in public, a crime under local Islamic law.  

Dozens watched as the humiliated victims were whipped outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh. 

Despite widespread criticism, public whipping is a common punishment for a range of offences in the deeply conservative region at the tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage.

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