Sharia law

20-year-old Indonesian student caned for unwed affectionate contact

20-year-old Nur Elita is caned in public, a punishment under the Islamic sharia law, under the offence of "close proximity" between a man and a woman who are not spouses, in Banda Aceh on December 28, 2015. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)

In Indonesia this week, a pair of university students were publicly caned after committing “khalwat,” or affectionate contact by an unmarried couple, according to the Jakarta Post. 20-year-old Nur Elita and Wahyudi Saputra, 23, each received five lashings while a crowd of hundreds cheered in the front yard of the Baiturrahim Mosque in Banda Aceh. The young woman was rushed to the hospital after a masked man punished her.

Nur Elita woman is carried to an ambulance by officials after being caned in public in Aceh. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nur Elita woman is carried to an ambulance by officials after being caned in public in Aceh. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)

“Take these punishments as a lesson. What has been done by these convicts should not be taken as an example. And I hope their canings in Meuraxa district today will be the last ever,” Banda Aceh Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin said.

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that practices sharia law.

Read the full story at the Jakarta Post.

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