Indonesian From Islamic Advisory Body Caned for Adultery
An Indonesian man, who advises the local government on Islamic law, was caned in public for adultery, Thursday, October 31.
Mukhlis bin Muhammad, 46, a member of the Aceh Ulema Council, was caned 28 times.
The woman he had a sexual relationship with received 23 lashes in a public flogging.
The punishments took place in the ultra-conservative province of Aceh, the sole province in Indonesia that applies sharia law. Aceh was granted autonomy from Indonesia in 2001, which remains the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
Public floggings, which many Acehnese support, have become common since they were introduced in 2005. Canings are administered for a range of offenses, including adultery, theft and gambling. The province outlawed homosexuality in 2014.