Four men flogged for having sex with minors


Four men were publicly flogged in a conservative Indonesian province of Lhokseumawe under syariah law, after being convicted for engaging in sexual activity with minors.

The sentence was executed in front of the prosecutors’ office in North Aceh on Tuesday with armed policemen guarding the event.

Wearing white robes and face masks, the kneeling men were struck by uniformed syariah officers with a rattan stick, causing them to grimace in pain.

Two offenders, aged 18 and 21, were each lashed 100 and 105 times for having sex with a minor, with the younger man sentenced to a further 10 months in prison.

A 25-year-old was struck 75 times for sexually molesting a child, while another man, 20, received 30 strokes for sexual harassment.

The 25 and 21-year-old had their lashes reduced for time served.

Despite the pandemic, dozens still came to watch from a distance – jeering and booing during the flogging.

“The North Aceh government will keep enforcing syariah law even to the village level, so things like these will not happen again in our region,” North Aceh deputy district head Fauzi Yusuf said.

Human Rights groups have denounced public whipping as inhumane and called for the practice to end.

But the measure has wide support among Aceh’s mostly Muslim population. — AFP

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