Man collapses during flogging

An Indonesian man collapsed as he was flogged nearly 150 times for raping a child in conservative Aceh province, where public whipping is a common punishment for violating Islamic law.

The 19-year-old grimaced and cried out as a masked officer lashed his back with a rattan stick in the town of Idi on Thursday.

He pleaded for the punishment to stop and was briefly treated by doctors before the flogging restarted.

The man was arrested earlier this year on charges that he molested and raped the victim, whose age was not revealed.

He was sentenced to 146 lashes, a particularly high number reserved for the most serious crimes. — AFP

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