20 September 2018

Indonesian woman is CANED in front of cheering onlookers for having sex outside of marriage in the country's Sharia law governed province

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

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.

It 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. [Daily Mail] Read more