2.08.2021

2 Christian men flogged 40 lashes of cane for drinking and Gambling in Indonesia

2 Christian men flogged 40 lashes of cane for drinking and Gambling in Indonesia


It was reported that Two Christian men were flogged in the Public at the Aceh Province of Indonesia for drinking alcohol and also Gambling.

It was also stated that the case was considered a rare instance of non-Muslims facing a punishment frequently condemned by rights groups.

The caning happened not less than two weeks after a male couple were flogged nearly 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law.

On Monday, the two accused received 40 lashes each from a masked sharia officer as he beats their back with sticks.
2 Christian men where flogged 40 lashes of cane for drinking and Gambling in Indonesia


One of them, identified only as JF, said he chose flogging to avoid a criminal prosecution that could have seen him jailed up to six months.

“The Sharia police gave us options and we consciously decided to comply with the Islamic criminal code. No one forced me to choose it,” he told AFP.

Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law.

Non-Muslims who have committed an offence that violates both national and religious laws can choose to be prosecuted under either system.

Flogging of non-Muslims is rare, however, with only a handful subjected to the punishment in recent years for crimes including gambling and selling alcohol.

2 Christian men flogged 40 lashes of cane for drinking and Gambling in Indonesia

The two Christians were among seven people publicly flogged in the province on Monday.

The five others were Muslims who were whipped for adultery and drinking alcohol — both violations of religious law.

Human rights groups have slammed public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for it to end.

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