Indonesian woman collapses in pain while being flogged for sex outside of marriage
At least one woman and three men are flogged publicly in Aceh province in Indonesia for sex outside of marriage.
The woman collapsed in pain after beating and was helped by a guard on a stretcher.
Two men were hit on the stage with a bamboo stick, while a third was led on stage in the regional capital Banda Aceh so that his sentence could be executed.
A woman is helped on a stretcher in Bana Aceh, the capital Aceh, the only province of Sharia law in Indoensia, after being publicly flogged for sex outside of marriage
Public flogging is common in Aech for a series of crimes, including extra-marital sex, same-sex relationships, adultery, and even cuddling in public
Traditionally women are allowed to sit while they are beaten while men are forced to stand. They are also accompanied by female guards who help them on and off the stage
One of the at least three men who are beaten in Banda Aceh on Thursday for sex outside marriage is beaten over the back with a bamboo stick
Aceh is the only province in Indonesia, & # 39; the world's most populous Muslim nation, applying the Sharia law that corporal punishment for & # 39; & # 39; forbids extramarital sex, same-sex relationships, and smoking.
However, Indonesian lawmakers are considering rolling out a similar legal code throughout the country because they want to replace their Dutch legal code in the colonial era with a code based on Indonesian principles.
The proposed code would punish extra-marital sex with up to a year in prison, unmarried couples living together as a man and a woman & # 39; receive a six-month jail term or a $ 710 fine, while anyone who promotes birth control to a person under the age of 18 can also face a fine.
The Indonesian parliament and the government agreed on Wednesday a definitive draft of the bill with 628 articles and the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this later in the month.
The legislative changes would also apply to foreigners visiting the nation, where around 260 million people live, including substantial Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minority groups.
The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, an NGO, said millions of Indonesians can be entangled by the new laws. It noted a study indicating that 40 percent of Indonesian adolescents engaged in pre-marital sexual activity.
The law also affects homosexuals because same-sex marriage is not recognized in Indonesia.
Sharia police escort an Acehn man before being punished in public for sex outside of Marraige in Banda Aceh
Sharia police escort an Aceh woman before being beaten in public for sex outside of Marraige in Banda Aceh
Floggings usually attract a crowd of observers, police officers, officials and media, many of whom film the beating
An Acehnese man is beaten in public for sex outside of Marraige in Banda Aceh, Indonesia
The code also sets prison sentences for those who & # 39; obscene acts & # 39; committed, defined as violating standards of decency and courtesy by & # 39; lust or sexuality & # 39; for both heterosexual and gay people.
The new laws also apply to foreigners. Taufiqulhadi said to the question whether tourists in Indonesia might encounter the prison for extra-marital sex: & # 39; No problem, as long as people don't know. & # 39;
There would also be a maximum prison sentence of four years for women with an abortion, applicable if there was no medical emergency or rape. The code also introduces fines for some people promoting contraception, and a six-month jail sentence for unauthorized discussion about & # 39; abortion aids & # 39 ;.
Senior Indonesian researcher at Human Rights Watch, Andreas Harsono, said such a move would endanger the lives of women.
& # 39; The provisions of the bill that censor contraceptive information may delay the progress Indonesia has made in recent years to drastically reduce maternal mortality, & Harsono said.
Insulting the government and state institutions also has a prison sentence – which activists say may affect press freedom – a similar law was brought down by the Constitutional Court in 2006.
In a statement, Human Right Watch said that if the new laws were adopted, & # 39; would violate freedom of expression and freedom of association. The ability to participate in political speech, even speech that embraces a peaceful political ideology that the government is not in favor of, is central to the democratic process. & # 39;
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