Young unmarried couples publicly caned for getting ‘too close’ to one another in Indonesia

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Young unmarried couples publicly caned for getting

The woman cries as she is hit by the cane at the mosque (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

 

A group of young people were photographed screaming in pain as they were caned for being ‘too intimate’ in Indonesia. 

The 13 men and women, aged 21 to 30, were the latest to be punished at the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Ace for breaking the province’s strict Islamic laws.

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All members of the group were actually couples who were found guilty of breaking intimacy bans by touching, hugging and kissing while unmarried in Aceh.

One woman in the group was given a temporary reprieve as she was pregnant, but Aceh Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin said she will be caned ‘as soon as she gives birth’.

He added: ‘We hope there are no more people in Banda Aceh who break the law in future.’

A Muslim girl cries out as she gets caned 23 strokes after being caught in close proximity with her boyfriend in Banda Aceh on October 17, 2016. Out of seven couples caught spending time together outside marriage, 13 were caned while one girl was spared after it was discovered that she was pregnant. Indonesia

A Muslim girl cries out as she gets caned 23 strokes after being caught in close proximity with her boyfriend (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A Muslim girl gets taken to be caned 23 strokes after being caught in close proximity with her boyfriend in Banda Aceh on October 17, 2016. Out of seven couples caught spending time together outside marriage, 13 were caned while one girl was spared after it was discovered that she was pregnant. Indonesia

One girl was spared after it was discovered that she was pregnant (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A man was caned for a less serious offence described as spending time with a member of the opposite sex in a hidden location in a fashion that could lead to adultery.

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The event marks yet another increase to the amount of people being caned in Aceh for crimes including gambling, drinking alcohol and gay sex.

The island began implementing sharia law, which states that men and women who are not married are not allowed to get close to eachother due to the ‘khalwat’ offence, after being granted special autonomy in 2001.

In December, a woman was caned in front of a crowd for being ‘too close’ to a man who she wasn’t married to.

epa05588494 An Acehnese woman is being whipped in front of the public at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 17 October 2016. Seven Acehnese couples were sentenced to be whipped 10 to 25 times for violating the sharia law for dating between a man and a woman without married. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which implemented the Islamic sharia law and whipping punishment is one form of punishment imposed in Aceh for violating the Sharia. EPA/HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK

An Acehnese woman is whipped in front of the public at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A Muslim girl gets caned 23 strokes after being caught in close proximity with her boyfriend in Banda Aceh on October 17, 2016. Out of seven couples caught spending time together outside marriage, 13 were caned while one girl was spared after it was discovered that she was pregnant. Indonesia

Indonesia’s Aceh province has gained international infamy for its strict Islamic laws (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Nur Elita was forced to endure the punishment outside a mosque where hundreds of people gathered to watch her being caned.

She received five lashes and had to be taken to hospital following the punishment.

Nur had violated the region’s strict Sharia laws after she allegedly showed affection to a fellow university student.