Aceh Woman Receives 100 Lashes for Adultery

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Indonesian woman caned after adultery conviction in Aceh sharia court, after which she had to receive hospital treatment.


Just months after two gay men were publicly caned in Aceh, a 30-year-old woman was given 100 lashes after she was found guilty of adultery.

The woman who goes by the single name of Mazidah had been charged with being in a private place in the presence of a man she was not married to.

The 34-year-old male also received 100 lashes but did not require hospitalisation.

The public caning of the pair and a third offender, a man accused of indecent behaviour against a minor, took place in the city of Lhokseumawe located in the south-east of the capital Banda Aceh.

Strict sharia law is in place across Aceh but it is the first time a flogging has taken place in Lhokseumawe since 2006.

Thousands of residents, including children, are reported to have watched on as the punishment was delivered to the offenders on a stage outside the city’s grand mosque after Friday prayers last week.

According to reports by the local press, and an account that was given to the ABC by a witness, at times the caning had to be stopped for each of the three offenders because they were screaming in agony.

Human Rights Watch has demanded the Indonesian Government remove sharia law in Aceh, arguing it is in breach of United Nations rights conventions.

Under sharia law, which is not in place anywhere else in Indonesia, drinking alcohol, gambling, adultery, homosexuality and displays of affection outside of marriage are among listed crimes.