Child Rapist Collapses After Receiving 146 Strokes Of Cane
A man who was accused of raping a child in a province where public flogging is a common punishment for violating Islamic law fainted after receiving 146 strokes on Thursday.
The 19-year old Indonesian man cried and groaned in pains as his back was being lashed by a masked sharia officer in the town of Idi.
Mail online reports that the sex offender was treated by doctors for a brief moment after he pleaded for mercy before the flogging resumed again.
The accused was said to be arrested earlier this year after he allegedly molested and raped a toddler whose age was concealed. He was subsequently sentenced to 146 strokes, a particularly high number reportedly reserved for the most serious crimes in the region.
‘The maximum sentence is meant to be a deterrent,’ Ivan Nanjjar Alavi, an official from the East Aceh prosecutor’s office, told reporters.
Aceh, on the western tip of Sumatra, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Islamic law under an autonomy deal with the central government that ended a long-running separatist insurgency.
AFP also reports that a 40-year-old and a 21-year-old man were, on Thursday, whipped 100 times each for having sex with underage partners.
Aceh’s public whippings which human right activists have widely criticized tends to attract hundreds of spectators, however, crowds have dwindled in the midst of the corona virus pandemic.