Indonesian couple face caning for adultery: Police
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 08, 2010, 17:48
Banda Aceh: A couple caught having extramarital sex in Indonesia were paraded naked through their village, beaten by an angry mob and now face a public caning, an official said on Thursday.

Bus, a 36-year-old teacher, and Yus, a 28-year-old housewife, were caught having sex yesterday in deeply Islamic Aceh province, where religious police enforce sharia or Islamic regulations.

"The villagers raided the woman's house and found the couple together," West Aceh district sharia police official Teuku Abdurrazak said.

"They dragged them out, paraded them naked through the village, tied them to a post and then beat them with sticks and their bare hands till they were black and blue.

"The villagers were so angry... if the police had come any later the couple could have died."

The pair could receive up to nine lashes each in public if they are found guilty of adultery, Abdurrazak said.

Aceh adopted partial sharia law in 2001 as part of an autonomy package from Jakarta aimed at quelling separatist sentiment.

Nearly 90 per cent of Indonesia's 234 million people are Muslims, but the vast majority practise a moderate form of the religion.


First Published: Thursday, April 08, 2010, 17:48

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