Vintage map of Indonesia on grunge paper, with colors of Indonesian flag.

Vintage map of Indonesia on grunge paper, with colors of Indonesian flag. Photo courtesy of Aleksandar Mijatovic via Shutterstock

(RNS) Islamic religious police in Indonesia plan to publicly flog a 25-year-old widow and a married man for adultery after vigilantes gang-raped her as punishment for having extramarital sex, according to media reports.

The woman and her paramour, a 40-year-old father of five, were surprised late Wednesday (May 7) by seven men and a 13-year-old boy who barged into her home in Aceh, which is the only province to enforce the system of Islamic law known as Shariah, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday, citing The Jakarta Globe.

The group tied up and beat the man, repeatedly raped the woman and poured raw sewage over them before taking the couple to the local Shariah police.

“We want the couple caned because they violated the religious bylaw on sexual relations,” Ibrahim Latif, the head of the Shariah police of the town of Langsa, told the Globe. He said the couple had “confessed to having sex on several previous occasions.”

Because the gang-rape happened after the adultery, it will not mitigate the Shariah punishment, he said. Each faces nine lashes with a cane in public. No date was given.

The caning was endorsed by the provincial head of Nahdlatul Ulama, the country’s largest Islamic organization, but he said the vigilantes should be punished in criminal and religious courts for taking the law into their own hands.

“The punishment for the mob that raped the victim must be much harsher because they have set back efforts to uphold Shariah in Aceh,” said Teungku Faisal Ali, who leads the Islamist group in Aceh.

Two men and the teen have been arrested, and police have appealed for the other five to surrender.

(Michael Winter writes for USA Today.)




    • They openly admit this every time they say “Atheists wouldn’t EVER try this with Muslims”. Christians wish they had the ability to kill anyone who disagrees, just like the Muslims do.

      You’re 100% right about the jealousy.

      • You’d think Larry and John would say just one word of sympathy for that poor Indonesian woman.

        NOPE. Not even a “Hey she really didn’t deserve that.”

        So much for the ethics of atheism. Besides, they’ve got their own Stalinist and Maoist skeletons in the closet.

        • Yet you don’t bother with doing that either. You just chose to go on the attack. Where is your comments of sympathy for her?

          As a sane person, it is obvious the situation is messed up beyond all comprehension. Only religious fundamentalism could produce such things.

  1. We see raping another is committing the same offense of extra-marital sex.
    However, people have their own laws and belief systems that make up their conscience. Not all believe in the Western royal law of “love” or many other laws for that matter. Conscience is formed by our environment. Think about the roots of your environment, stand up for righteousness and justice.

    • Islamic religious police in Indonesia are a relatively new phenomena. Sharia law in that part of the country is about 10 years old. For a long time the country was politically in the secular nationalist mode you saw among dictatorships during the Cold War.

      This is neither traditional nor ingrained in the national culture as you want to suggest. Its what happens when you let religious fundamentalists gain some measure of unrestrained political authority.

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