The Bali Times, AFP
A couple caught having extramarital sex in Aceh were paraded naked through their village, beaten by an angry mob and now face a public caning, an official said on Thursday.
Bus, a 36-year-old teacher, and Yus, a 28-year-old housewife, were caught having sex on Wednesday in deeply Islamic Aceh province, where religious police enforce sharia or Islamic regulations.
“The villagers raided the woman’s house and found the couple together,” West Aceh district sharia police official Teuku Abdurrazak said.
“They dragged them out, paraded them naked through the village, tied them to a post and then beat them with sticks and their bare hands till they were black and blue.
“The villagers were so angry… if the police had come any later the couple could have died.”
The pair could receive up to nine lashes each in public if they are found guilty of adultery, Abdurrazak said.
Aceh adopted partial sharia law in 2001 as part of an autonomy package from the national goverment aimed at quelling separatist senti-ment.
Nearly 90 percent of Indonesia’s 234 million people are Muslims, but the vast majority practise a moderate form of the religion.