A Woman Collapses As She And A Man are Caned Under Sharia Law In Indonesia. – Photos

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The woman is brought to the stage by two female members of the Sharia Police and is put in position on her knees

The woman was accused of getting too close to a fellow university student.  As the pair are unmarried, she had committed an offence under Sharia law,  She was brought to a mosque where she was caned in front of a crowd.

A woman scream out in agony after being caned as a punishment for being in ‘close proximity’ to a man she wasn’t married to, hundreds of people gathered outside a mosque in Indonesia to witness the event. The woman, Nur Elita was marched to the yard of Baiturrahumim Mosque in Banda Aceh for violating the region’s strict Sharia laws, after she allegedly showed affectionate behaviour to a fellow university student.

 Under the law men and women, who are not spouses, are not allowed to get too close due to the the ‘khalwat’ offence and punishment is by public caning.  After being brought to the stage as the crowd cheered, the woman was forced to kneel down while a masked man repeatedly whipped her with the cane.  She received five lashes and at the end of the punishment could be seen lying on the floor doubled over in pain. Eventually she was carried off the stage, into an ambulance, and had to be taken to hospital

She screams out in agony after being whipped in a caning ceremony outside a mosque in Indonesia's Banda Aceh region

The woman was forced to endure the punishment after breaking the region's strict Sharia law on being to close to a man she was not married to 

After being brought to the stage as the crowd cheered, the woman was forced to kneel down while a masked man repeatedly whipped her with the cane

Hundreds of people gathered outside the mosque in Banda Aceh to watch the caning, with some spectators holding up cameras

After her punishment was over the young woman collapsed and could be seen lying on the floor in agony 

Despite the punishment being over, she was unable to rise to her feet and was seen lying down clutching her shoulder 

She was eventually picked up by officials and carried to a waiting ambulance, where she had to be taken to hospital for treatment 

The man was forced to stand as he also received five lashes to his back for breaking strict Sharia law 

The masked man, a member of the Sharia Police receives the cane he uses to carry out the public punishment 

As well as the couple, four other men were also caned after being found gambling, which is banned under Sharia law 

Also being caned was the man she was accused of getting too close to and he was forced to stand while being whipped. Meanwhile four other men were also forced to endure the punishment for gambling, which is also outlawed under Sharia law. The caning ceremony was carried out in front of the deputy mayor of Banda Aceh Zainal Arifin. 

And before the ceremony he warned the crowd that had gathered that the canings were a lesson to everyone.He said: ‘Take these punishments as a lesson. What has been done by these convicts should not be taken as example.‘And I hope their canings today will be the last ever.’

Banda Aceh is the only province in Indonesia to implement Sharia Law, which was first introduced in 2003 following the province’s awarding of special autonomy status.