Malaysian court orders Muslim lovers caned for sex
An Islamic court has ordered an unmarried couple to be caned for trying to have sex in a car in the latest of a series of harsh punishments for Muslims in Malaysia.
Earlier this week, an Islamic court in another state ordered an Indonesian Muslim man to be whipped six times and jailed a year for drinking liquor at a restaurant.
In July, the same court had sentenced a Malaysian woman to six strokes of the cane and a fine for drinking beer in public. The caning, which would be the first time a Malaysian woman has received the punishment, has not been carried out yet. Many see the sentence as a setback for the country’s reputation as a moderate Muslim nation.
How many unwed couples having sex can you catch and cane before it becomes excessive? Should Malaysia adopt the approach of closing an eye instead?
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