Photographs which show women dressed in white and sitting with their heads bowed as they wait their turn to be punished for having unmarried sex in Banda Aceh, Indonesia have just been released.
Three women and 14 men arrested for sexual offences and gambling were caned in front of a mosque following Friday prayer. In one photo, a woman can be seen kneeling on a red platform as her back is
whipped with a cane in front of guards and members of the public. Further images show men also being punished.
According to DailyMail, Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that is allowed to implement Islamic Sharia law. Although public whipping is a common punishment in the province, it is rare for women to be caned.
Earlier this year, Banda Aceh 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. Gay sex, gambling and drinking alcohol are already punishable by caning in Aceh.
- News 24