Monday, 3 September 2018

Two Women Caned Under Islamic law For Lesbian S*x

Two Malaysian women were disgraced after a court of Islamic justice condemned lesbian sex, despite a protest by activists against the "cruel and unjust" punishment.

The women aged 22 and 32 were arrested in April after being found in a car on a public square in the northern state of Terengganu, one of the most conservative areas in the country.

The couple, whose identity has not been revealed, pleaded guilty of violating Islamic laws and was sentenced to six blows of the stick and a fine of 3,300 ringgit (£ 620).

The case has led to widespread condemnation and focused attention to what right-wing groups say is a deteriorating climate for the gay community in the country with the most Muslim countries.

Campaigners said it was the first time that women in Malaysia put an end to violating a Sharia statement that forbids homosexual relationships.

The country uses a legal system with two tracks and Islamic courts can treat religious and family affairs for Muslim citizens, as well as cases such as adultery.

The two women were housed in the Sharia High Court in Kuala Terengganu, the capital of Terengganu, a judicial official who was confirmed to AFP.

The condemnation of the woman led to a storm of criticism. Before the caning was executed, Gwen Lee, the head of Malaysia, punished the punishment as 'cruel and unjust'.
Malaysia "must end the use of caning and abolish the laws that completely enforce these torture practices," she said.

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