Indonesia: Gang-Rape Victim to be Caned
Public caning. Photo courtesy of: Jakarta Globe
The order by authorities in Aceh to have a woman and her married lover caned for adultery, even after she had been gang-raped by vigilante enforcers of Shariah, has spurred a maelstrom of criticism and soul-searching about the place of Islamic jurisprudence in Muslim-majority but secular Indonesia.
The alleged mob of vigilantes, one of them just 13 years old, stormed into the woman’s home in the town of Langsa and accused the 25-year-old of having an affair with her 40-year-old companion. The accusation carried extra weight in Aceh as a violation of the province’s partial adoption of Shariah, which, among other prohibitions, forbids intimacy of any kind between unmarried couples.
The eight vigilantes have been accused of gang-raping the young woman and beating up her companion before marching them to a local police station.
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