Hundreds of people have turned up for a public caning in Indonesia. The gruesome scene unfolded in Aceh province, on the western tip of Sumatra facing the Middle East.
An officer from the Islamic police said about 1,500 people turned up at Pante Geulima Mosque in Meureudu, the Pidie Jaya district capital, to watch the town’s first caning. Two people were flogged for adultery and three for gambling.
Fresh from Friday prayers, the crowd “jeered” as the two adulterers were led onto a “specially erected stage to receive their punishment”, according to The Jakarta Globe.
Acehnese lawmakers have approved the punishment of public stoning for adulterers but the governor hasn’t signed the bill into law. All this in supposedly moderate, secular and pluralist Indonesia.