Amorous couples, sex workers whipped in Indonesia's Aceh

A man is publicly flogged in front of a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on April 20, 2018. A group of amorous couples and sex workers were publicly whipped for breaking Islamic law in just a week after it pledged to take the widely condemned practice indoors. AFP PHOTO | CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

What you need to know:

  • Thousands of people jeered at the group as they were flogged outside a mosque in the capital Banda Aceh.
  • Aceh is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law.

  • Rights groups have derided flogging as cruel and the President Widodo called for an end to public whippings in Aceh.



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