Two women in Indonesia flogged until they are unable to walk under Sharia law after being caught with men in hotel raid

The women were among six unmarried couples who were caught in a hotel raid in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province last year


                            Two women in Indonesia flogged until they are unable to walk under Sharia law after being caught with men in hotel raid

Two women from Indonesia were reportedly left unable to walk after they were flogged publicly under the Sharia law. They were whipped for having "intimate relations" with men outside their marriage, according to reports. 

The women were among six unmarried couples who were caught in a hotel raid in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province last year. All the people in the raid, who were found guilty of breaking the Sharia law, were imprisoned for several months after being subjected to a public whipping on Monday in the capital of Banda Aceh, Daily Mail reported.

 



 

 

Reports state that four of the people arrested were each flogged seven times after they were found with a member of the opposite sex who was not a relation. According to officials, the others, who were caught in a more compromising position, reportedly received between 17-25 strokes for having intimate relations outside of marriage.

As the women were being whipped, some cried in pain, while at least two of them had to be carried from the scene by sharia officers after their public flogging.

An Acehnese woman gets a caning in public from an executor known as 'algojo' for spending time with a man who is not her husband, which is against Sharia law at Syuhada mosque on May 23, 2017, in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Getty Images)
An Acehnese woman gets a caning in public from an executor known as 'algojo' for spending time with a man who is not her husband, which is against Sharia law at Syuhada mosque on May 23, 2017, in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Getty Images)

The incident occurred as multiple journalists and other spectators watched their punishment unfold in front of them. There were many who took their smartphones out silently to capture the spectacle before them.

According to reports, flogging is a common form of punishment for multiple offenses in Aceh, which is a province located at the tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island. Other offenses that are meted out with the same punishment include drinking alcohol, gay sex, and gambling. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that practices the Islamic law.

An Acehnese woman escorted by sharia policewomen who will receive lashes of cane in public from an executor known as 'algojo' for spending time with a man who is not her husband, which is violations against Sharia law on March 20, 2017, in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Getty Images)
An Acehnese woman escorted by sharia policewomen who will receive lashes of cane in public from an executor known as 'algojo' for spending time with a man who is not her husband, which is violations against Sharia law on March 20, 2017, in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (Getty Images)

 

The head of the local police order agency, Marwan, while talking to the outlet said: "This law is designed to have a deterrent effect, not only for the offenders but for the spectators who watch the caning. The pain of being flogged is not that bad, the embarrassment is worse."

Multiple human rights groups have slammed public caning as cruel, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo who has called for the end of the practice in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. However, the practice has had wide support among Aceh's mostly Muslim population.