Kuala Lumpur: Three Muslim women became the
first in this Islamic country to be caned for Shariah offences
after being found guilty of having illicit sex, Malaysian Home
Minister said on Wednesday.
"The three were found guilty of having illicit sex and
the caning sentence was meted out to them on February 9 at the
Kajang Prison. Two of the women were given six strokes of the
rotan while the third was whipped four times," Home Minister
Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was quoted as saying by local media.
The women were found guilty of illicit sex under Section
23 (2) of the Federal Territory Syariah Criminal Act 1997 and
Federal Syariah High Court had issued the caning order.
One of the woman was released on February 14 after
spending a month in prison, he said adding another woman would
be released over the next few days while the third would be
released in June.
"Based on interviews with the three women after the
sentences were carried out, they did not suffer from any cuts
or bruises on their bodies. They said that caning had a deep
impact on them because they feel sorry for committing these
wrongdoings and have since repented," he claimed.
The sentence was carried out in presence of 13 officials
and in full accordance with the provisions of Sharia law.
Hishammuddin said the whipping of these women was brought
to public attention was because of hype created over the
caning order on 32-year-old part-time model Kartika Shukarno
for consuming alcohol in public.