Two Indonesian ladies have been openly flogged multiple times each for selling sex workers service on the internet, an authority in the nation’s conservative Aceh territory said on Tuesday.
Aceh, at the tip of Sumatra, is the main district in Muslim-majority Indonesia to force Islamic sharia law, which permits whipping anybody who commits offenses including prostitution, betting, infidelity, drinking liquor, and gay sex.
The discipline was passed on Monday in Langsa city where many people gathered to witness the whipping. Neither the women wore face mask.
and despite the ban of too much crowd because of the COVID-19, the officials allow multiple people to gathered in the arena of the punishment.
The two hijab-wearing suspects were captured in March alongside five sex laborers, who could face the same punishment if found guilty of not obeying the Islamic law, said Aji Asmanuddin, head of Langsa’s Islamic sharia organization.
“They were disciplined for violating sharia by publicizing (sex) through the web,” Asmanuddin said.
Authorities are still battling to get to those areas they are selling sex service on the internet, he included.
“This is the first (pimping) case in Langsa despite the fact that we accept there are huge numbers of them out there,” Asmanuddin said.
“We simply don’t have the essential devices to watch them on the internet.”
majority groups have condemned caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has oredered for it to end.
But many of Aceh Islamic populations still support the punishment.