Huge crowd for public caning in Indonesia

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s