News photos shot this week show an Indonesian woman enduring 26 painful lashes for having engaged in extramarital sex, which is forbidden under strict Sharia law. Forced to kneel on the ground of a public stage just outside a mosque in Indonesia’s Aceh province, the woman is shown falling forward in visible agony from the brutal punishment. The man with whom she had sex shortly followed her on the stage and was similarly subjected to 26 lashes.
Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any country, but Aceh is the sole province granted the authority to implement Sharia law by national legislation. Under the law, gay sex, gambling and drinking alcohol are all “crimes” similarly punishable by lashings. Aceh began enforcing Islamic law in 2001 after being granted autonomy from central government in its bid to quell separatism in the province and, on some occasions, even non-Muslims are subjected to the public floggings.
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