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Indonesia: Unmarried couples flogged for cuddling, holding hands or having sex

Five unmarried couples were publicly flogged for breaking Sharia law in Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Religious police caught them either cuddling, holding hands or having sex – a crime under the Aceh region’s Islamic law.

They received between four and 22 strokes from a rattan cane outside a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, after serving several months in prison.

The Aceh province is the only province in Indonesia that imposes Islamic law.

A huge crowd of men and women and children watched and filmed as they witnessed the public whipping.

Religious officer Safriadi said: “We hope in the future there will be no more cases like this – it’s embarrassing.”

In December, two men caught having sex with underage girls were whipped 100 times each in Aceh…Continue Reading

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