Having Premarital Sex, Indonesian Couple Receives 200 Whippings For Punishment

Salena Harshini |Jun 08, 2020

After being caught having premarital lashes, this Indonesian couple has received 200 lashes in total in public despite coronavirus pandemic.

Recently, an Indonesian couple was punished with 100 whips each after getting caught engaging in premarital sex. The punishment was carried out in the conservative Aceh province before the witness of a crowd. The fraction of people was smaller than usual due to the coronavirus fears.

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An older time when floggers cane those who violated the marital law

For the uninitiated, Aceh is the sole region in Indonesia to follow Islamic law while the majority of the nation impose Muslim. Islamic law allows flogging for charges including adultery, gambling, alcohol drinking, and gay sex.

The local officials continued the practice in spite of the mass gatherings bans amid the COVID-19 pandemic, insisting that they have done necessary safety measures for prevention.

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An Indonesian woman being escorted to the punishment for having premarital sex

On Friday - the day they received the penalty, on Sumatra’s western tip, the two’s temperatures were checked and they were made sure to wear face masks as they got whipped with a rattan cane outside a mosque.

The flogging at the man was paused quickly as he could not handle the pain. They had to call for a second flogger into service in order to complete the lashing of his female partner.

Agus Kelana Putra, the head of general criminal division at the office of the prosecutor in Aceh Besar, said the young couple did deserve 10 lashes as they had violated their Islamic law.

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The man of the punished Indonesian couple seemed to be in a lot of pain

The dozens who watched the flogging on Friday could have been up to a number of hundred if it were not for the ongoing pandemic.

Faisal, a local resident said,

“Not so many people came because today because they’ve seen it many times before – or they’re afraid of Covid-19.”

As mentioned, in the eyes of the local people, the relationship before-marriage of these two people is an extremely reckless action and has made the entire villagers shocked and stunned!

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In 2019, a man who was whipped for 100 times also due to the premarital law fainted during the flogging

The recent Indonesian couple is not the first one to receive this kind of punishment from the Indonesian government. Another man who was caught red-handed with a woman in a hotel room was also punished with 40 whips. However, his underaged partner was spared.

In January, Aceh province established a new women unit, consisting of eight members, to conduct public beatings, to deter girls from violating Sharia law, also known as Islamic law.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has repeatedly asked the Indonesian government to abolish Sharia law in Aceh, warning that the situation is growing in a bad way in Aceh province.

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