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Pravda, Moscow, 19 August 2005
Female gamblers caned in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Indonesia caned women Friday for the
first time after they were accused of illegal gambling in the
staunchly conservative province of Aceh.
Gulf Times, Doha, Qatar, 20 August 2005
Court flogs four women for gambling
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: An Islamic shariah court in Indonesia's staunchly-Muslim Aceh province yesterday ordered four women to be flogged for petty gambling offences.
The public lashing was the second since the Indonesian government allowed the western province to implement religious law as part of broader autonomy granted in 2001 to curb a separatist Islamist insurgency.
The four women were found guilty of gambling by the court on Thursday and flogged on a covered podium erected next to a mosque in Takengon, Central Aceh, after Friday noon prayers. The four women, who were dressed in white and sitting on the floor, were each given between six and seven lashes.
The flogging was the first involving women but the second ordered recently for gambling offences in Aceh. The four women were found guilty of playing cards for small amounts of money. In May, seven men also found guilty of playing cards for money were publicly lashed in Aceh's Bireuen district.-AFP
Jakarta Post, 29 August 2005
Rights group condemns caning of two women in Aceh for violating Islamic law
JAKARTA (AP): A leading human rights group on Sunday condemned as "insane" an Islamic court's caning of two unmarried couples in Aceh province for drinking alcohol and being alone together after dark.
They were the latest Aceh residents to fall foul of new regulations that give the staunchly Muslim province the right to impose a version of Islamic Shariah law.
The women fainted after being beaten 40 times on Friday outside a mosque in central Aceh, witnesses said. They were taken to a hospital, but had no serious injuries.
"We protest this insane sentence, and it should be reviewed by the Supreme Court," said Ifdhal Kasim of the rights organization ELSHAM. "It violates Indonesia's constitution that outlaws corporal punishment, torture and humiliation (of prisoners)."
The four were arrested late at night last month and found guilty by an Islamic court of violating laws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol and unmarried couples being together in private places. It was not clear where they were detained.
The latter law is aimed at preventing premarital sex, seen as sin in Islam.
Aceh is the only province Indonesia that has implemented Shariah. The first caning in Aceh occurred in June, with the flogging of 15 men convicted of gambling.
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