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
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.
In June, pictures emerged of three couples being publicly caned after the unmarried university students were caught spending time alone together. On that occasion, a crowd of about a thousand spectators shouted as the three men and three women, aged between 18 and 23, were lashed several times each with a rattan cane in a square in Banda Aceh.
A fourth woman, aged in her 40s, was also publicly caned for committing adultery. One of the women fainted after being caned four times and had to be carried off by officials.
Photos from Friday’s public caning continue below: