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Couples Savagely Beaten For Having Sex Out Of Marriage In Indonesia

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Three “canoodling” couples were cruelly whipped in a humiliating public punishment in Indonesia for violating local Sharia law.

After the backs of the six men and women had been flogged more than 20 times each, some collapsed, bleeding, crying with severe pain and had to be carried off stage, say reports.

The couples were punished in Banda Aceh for showing affection in public and their whipping – using a rattan cane – came after they’d already been jailed for several months, according to Gulf News. They were beaten by a masked officer for behaving “amorously”.

Merdeka reports that the “Islamic Sharia violators” were whipped at Bustanus Salatin Park “in the middle of the city”, near the town hall. The publication said that not many residents attended the punishment, but students from Malaysia, studying at the Ar-Raniry State Islamic University, witnessed the distressing beating.

Wincing with pain, some collapsed after the caning, while one man was so badly injured that paramedics tried to stretcher him off the stage, but he refused, and was instead carried down by cops.

The Mayor of Banda Aceh, Animulla Usman, said the aim of flogging the couples in public was to “make them repent”. He said carrying out the whipping in the middle of a park, on a stage, was not to encourage people “to laugh at the perpetrators, but to serve as a lesson to us all”.

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Usman said that none of the couples were local residents, but had violated strict Shariah laws while in the city of Banda Aceh. The Indonesian province routinely flogs gamblers, adulterers and homosexuals.

Usman told children they were banned from watching the punishment, as it could affect their “psychological development”.

Amnesty International says that caning is an “inhman and degrading form of punishment that may amount to torture which should never be used in any circumstances.

“The Aceh authorities’ decision to cane unmarried couples and sex workers, in front of hundreds of spectators, is an act of utmost cruelty.”

The charity said that between January and April last year, a total of 47 people were flogged in public, “and the list is only getting longer.

“The provincial administration of Aceh must immediately remove this abhorrent form of punishment from its law books.

“It is also high time for the international community to press Indonesia to provide a safer environment for everyone in Aceh.

“The situation risks deteriorating rapidly unless the local administration is pushed to take its obligations to respect human rights seriously.”

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