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Couples showing affection publicly punished in Indonesia’s Aceh

Sources informed that more than a thousand people including dozens of tourists from neighbouring Malaysia too witnessed the spectacle

In the highly conservative Aceh province of the Indonesia, it was group of amorous couples and alleged sex workers who were publicly whipped for violation of Islamic law.

The punishment came about on Friday, just a week after the province pledged to move the widely condemned practice indoors.

Sources informed that more than a thousand people including dozens of tourists from neighbouring Malaysia too witnessed the spectacle.

They also jeered and screamed abuse at the group as they were flogged outside a mosque in the capital Banda Aceh.

A group of three men and five women, it was informed, included several college students were found guilty of violating religious law by either showing affection in public or for offering sexual services online.

Incidentally, Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law and flogging is a common punishment for a range of offences.

The offences could be gambling, drinking alcohol to having gay sex or relations outside of marriage.

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