Child rapist collapses and begs for mercy as he is whipped 146 times during public flogging in Indonesia’s ultra-conservative Aceh province
- Whipping took place in Indonesia’s ultra-conservative Aceh province where it’s a common sharia punishment
- The 19-year-old man who is charged with child rape grimaced and cried out while a sharia officer lashed him
- He collapsed to the floor at the whipping spot as the sharia officer lashed him with a rattan stick 150 times
An Indonesian man collapsed and begged for mercy as he was flogged 146 times today for raping a child in a province where public whipping is a common punishment for violating Islamic law.
The 19-year-old grimaced and cried out as a masked sharia officer lashed his back with a rattan stick in the town of Idi.
He pleaded for the punishment to stop and was briefly treated by doctors before the flogging restarted.
The man was arrested earlier this year on charges he molested and raped the victim, whose age was not revealed.
A child rapist cries out and grimaces as he is publicly flogged by a member of the sharia police after he was found guilty of raping and molesting a minor in Indonesia’s ultra-conservative Aceh province
The 19-year-old man is pictured sitting on the floor after he collapsed in pain while being publicly flogged by a member of Aceh’s sharia police
The man winces as he is lashed by a sharia officer for raping a minor in Indonesia’s ultra-conservative Aceh province
He was sentenced to 146 lashes, a particularly high number reserved for the most serious crimes.
‘The maximum sentence is meant to be a deterrent,’ Ivan Nanjjar Alavi, an official from the East Aceh prosecutor’s office, told reporters.
Aceh, on the western tip of Sumatra, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Islamic law under an autonomy deal with the central government that ended a long-running separatist insurgency.
The man is lashed across the back in Indonesia’s Aceh Province for the crime of child molestation and rape
Also on Thursday, a 40-year-old and a 21-year-old man were whipped 100 times each for having sex with underage partners.
Aceh’s public whippings – widely criticised by rights groups – can attract hundreds of spectators, but crowds have dwindled in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The province allows whipping for a range of charges – including gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or pre-marital sex.
It has wide support among Aceh’s mostly Muslim population.