Today is International Day Against Stoning, perhaps the most vile form of punishment. It still happens under Islamic laws in countries like Iran, Pakistan, Somalia and Nigeria, and until recently in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
Many Islamic organisations advocate death by stoning, including international extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. If you live in Indonesia, Britain, Denmark, Australia or around 35 other countries, they might have an office near you. Check their anti-human, anti-democratic manifesto here.
Hizb ut-Tahrir held a rally in central Jakarta, Indonesia’s teeming capital, last month in which extremists called for the stoning executions of adulterers. In particular, they wanted the blood of Cut Tari, a married 32-year-old TV celebrity, who appeared on the internet in a homemade sex video with a local rock singer who is not her husband.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia coordinator Fadilah Karimah, a woman who is the same age as Cut but who might as well come from a different planet, told AFP news agency the celebrity should be buried up to her chest (so she cannot protect herself with her arms) and pelted with stones until she dies. Fadilah said this should happen in public where as many Indonesians as possible could see it. She didn’t say who should be given the honour of throwing the stones.
Those people who have sex before marriage should be caned with a stick 100 times in public. Adulterers should be half-buried and stoned to death. This is appropriate punishment as what they did was dirty, shameful and despicable. They should be prepared for such a punishment if they want to earn a place in heaven. The more people who see it the better.
Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Mohammed Ismail Yusanto said the sex video scandal showed that information technology was a threat to Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Sharia law, with death by stoning for adulterers, was the only solution, he said.
The widespread circulation of the celebrity sex videos shows the bad side of uncontrolled information technology, which will surely become one of the most terrible destroyers of morality. Based on sharia law… those who are married should be stoned to death and the unmarried should be caned 100 times in public. With that kind of punishment it is guaranteed promiscuous sex won’t spread wildly like it is now.
Luckily for Indonesia, such views are held only by a tiny minority of the country’s 240 million people, 80 percent of whom are Muslim. Even so, there are concerns about “creeping fundamentalism” and the influence of groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Islamic Defenders Front, a violent Islamist vigilante outfit which many believe has the support of the security forces.
In Aceh province, Sumatra, death by stoning has been approved in line with a sharia bill passed by the outgoing parliament in 2009, which also includes public flogging (torture) for homosexuals. The governor hasn’t signed the bill into law and the central government in Jakarta has opposed it, saying it is illegal under the secular constitution. So far no one has been stoned to death, but there have been floggings.
Many people have been waiting for this act of parliament to be rescinded, but it hasn’t happened. The longer it stands the higher the chance that one day, “moderate” Indonesia will join the list of stoning states.