Indonesian man whipped publicly for engaging in premarital sex

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On Thursday, a 22-year-old man – sentenced to 100 strokes – pleaded with a masked Sharia officer to stop lashing his back with a rattan cane before he fainted.

He was revived and given brief medical attention and then the flogging continued. He was later carried off the stage by two guards and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Local media reported that a woman who was whipped in a separate case in Aceh on Thursday also fainted.

‘The fact that two people were beaten unconscious today, in two separate incidents, is a damning indictment of the authorities who let this happen on their watch,’ said Usman Hamid, director of Amnesty International Indonesia.

He added that the ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading’ punishments amount to torture and called on authorities in Aceh and Indonesia to end them.

Some 500 jeering spectators watched the punishment, many filming on their phones as some yelled ‘harder, harder’.

The man had been found guilty of having sex with a woman who was also sentenced to 100 lashes outside a mosque in Aceh Timur district.

Another man the woman also had relations with also received 100 lashes.

‘This is the consequence they have to face for violating the law,’ onlooker Muhammad Yunus said.

Some 500 jeering spectators watched the punishment, many filming on their phones as some yelled ‘harder, harder’.

The man had been found guilty of having sex with a woman who was also sentenced to 100 lashes outside a mosque in Aceh Timur district.

Another man the woman also had relations with also received 100 lashes.

‘This is the consequence they have to face for violating the law,’ onlooker Muhammad Yunus said.

In July, three people were flogged 100 times each for having premarital sex, while two men caught having sex with underaged girls were also whipped 100 times last year. Other offences tend to carry dozens or even fewer lashes.

Fainting is not uncommon during whippings, where there is often a stretcher waiting in the wings.

In October, Aceh officials announced that poachers who threaten endangered orangutans, tigers and other wildlife could receive up to 100 lashes under new rules.

Rights groups have slammed public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for it to end, but the practice has widespread support among Aceh’s mostly Muslim population.

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