Indonesian couple in Banda Aceh publicly caned for extramarital sex An Indonesian couple, charged with breaking local Islamic law for having extramarital sex, were both caned publicly in the Aceh province on Wednesday (November 10)
The caning, carried out by Sharia police, was witnessed by an audience including local government officials at Banda Aceh city's local park.
Aceh is the only province in majority-Muslim Indonesia that follows Islamic law and imposes public caning for crimes like theft, gambling and adultery.
Public canings were introduced in Aceh in 2005 and are supported by many Acehnese. However, some members of the provincial legislative council disagreed with the governor's decree, which does not require council approval.
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