In a first, three women caned in Malaysia under Shariah law
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 19:38
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 19:38


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