Indonesia: Islamist mob beats couple for having sex

religion | Apr 09, 2010 | By Martin Barillas

Two Indonesians were paraded nude through their village in a province dominated by Islam, following a beating by mob angered when it was alleged that the pair had been caught having extramarital sex. Bus is a 36 year-old man who is an official with the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs in the province of Aceh Barat. He and Yus, a 28 year-old woman, were caught on April 7 in the woman’s home by a mob.

Islamic police, who impose Islam’s Sharia religious laws, said that the pair were dragged out of the woman’s home, stripped nude and paraded through the streets of the town. They were then manacled and tied to a post were they were beaten with sticks until black and blue. Police intervened before a summary execution by the mob could be carried out. Even so, the offending man and woman may still face further corporal punishment that is required by Sharia: nine lashes each in public if they are found guilty of adultery.

The province of Aceh Barat adopted Sharia law in 2001 as part of an autonomy package from the central government of Indonesia that was intended to quell separatist Islamists.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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