Three young couples were savagely whipped in public in Indonesia’s Aceh province for violating Sharia law by being “too intimate” with each other. The intimacy here is not sexual relations but going on a date.
Very disturbing images show one of the ladies crying out as she is repeatedly lashed with a cane at Al Furqon Mosque in the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia while another picture show a man standing as he received the same brutal punishment.
The Acehnese couples were sentenced to receive public lashes for violating Sharia law in a brutal new crackdown in the region.
Under the law men and women, who are not spouses, are not allowed to get too close due to the ‘khalwat’ offence, meaning affectionate contact – and anyone who breaks the law is punished by being flogged in public view.
Aceh is the only region in Indonesia that implements this system of Shariah law and has done so since 2003 when it was granted special autonomy. Shariah law is still implemented across the Middle East and in Isis territories.
In September, pictures emerged of a woman being caned after she was accused of having sex while unmarried.
Gay sex, gambling and drinking alcohol are all punishable by caning in Aceh which began implementing Sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an effort by the central government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.
A flurry of new Islamic laws have been introduced in Aceh in recent years, drawing howls of protest from rights groups
Earlier this year, 2016, Banda Aceh province banned women from entertainment venues after 11pm unless they are accompanied by a husband or male family member.
Aceh district has also banned unmarried men and women from riding together on motorbikes.