The brutality of Sharia law played out in front of hundreds of spectators in Indonesia.
Two university students, and Nur Elita, 20 and an Wahyudi Saputra, 23, were publicly caned for “affectionate contact by an unmarried couple,” according to the Jakarta Post.
The caning took place in front of the Baiturrahumim Mosque where four other men, Asrul bin M Daud, 52, Khaidir bin Daud, 50, Yoserizal bin Dahyuzar, 45, and Mukhlis bin Ramli, 43, were also caned for gambling.
According to the Post the crowd cheered as each person was brought to the stage for their caning where each received five lashes.
Elita’s caning was so brutal that she collapsed and had to be carried out by an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
“Take these punishments as a lesson. What has been done by these convicts should not be taken as an example. And, I hope their canings in Meuraxa district today will be the last ever,” Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin, who was in attendance, said.
“And to the public, I ask that you do not isolate those who have been convicted here today. And also, those who have been convicted are reminded not to repeat the same mistakes,” he added.
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