THE CROWD cheered on as a woman was being beaten with a cane as punishment.

An Indonesian woman was caned in public as a punishment for having sex outside marriage.

The incident happened in the country’s Sharia law governed province.

The Daily Mail reports that the harsh penalty was carried out in a public square as onlookers took photos in Banda Aceh in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Thursday.

The woman – who was not identified – is seen kneeling under a canopy dressed with her hair covered with a white hijab as a person holds a cane that appears to be made out of bamboo against her back.

It was not clear how many lashes the woman received.

Aceh – the only region in the world’s most populous Muslim majority country that imposes Sharia law – has drawn fire in the past for putting moral restrictions on women.

The publication further reports that the country considers lesbian, gay, bisexual relationships and sex outside of marriage as Sharia law violations.

It also attracted global condemnation for publicly whipping people found guilty of a range of offences including homosexuality, gambling and drinking alcohol.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that a district in Aceh province banned men and women from dining together unless they are married or related, with officials saying it would help women be ‘more well behaved’.

Under the latest regulation, women in Bireuen district on Sumatra island will not be able to share a table with men at restaurants and coffee shops unless they are accompanied by their husband or a close male relative.

Co-workers on their lunch break would also be forbidden from sharing a meal.

‘The objective is to protect women’s dignity so they will feel more comfortable, more at ease, more well behaved and will not do anything that violates sharia,’ local head of the local sharia agency Jufliwan, said.




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