An Indonesian widow has been gang raped after having an affair with a married man.
The woman came to be gang raped by up to eight vigilantes as ‘punishment’ after learning she was maintaining a relationship with a married man.
Igniting further indignity, the woman is to now be caned in public.
The rapists caught the couple together when they barged into her house in the northern Indonesian province of Banda Aceh and accused her of having ‘improper sexual relations‘ with the 40-year-old man.
The 25-year-old woman’s companion was tied up and beaten, while she was raped repeatedly. From there the pair were doused with buckets of sewage.
It was only after the woman had been dragged to a police station and reported for breaking strict Sharia laws against extra-marital sex it was learned she had been raped.
Three of the vigilantes were immediately detained and charged with rape as their companions fled.
Nevertheless that did not prevent police in choosing to punish the woman with a caning for breaking religious laws.
‘The woman and the man will both be caned because they have violated a religious bylaw on sexual relations,’ Ibrahim Latif, head of the Shariah office in the eastern town of Langsa, told the Jakarta Globe.
He went on to offer the fact that the woman had been raped would not be taken into consideration in determining the punishment for the religious crime she had allegedly committed.
Ibrahim Latif said the woman and her companion had confessed to having sex on several previous occasions even though the man is married and has five children.
Under the religious law, the woman and her lover face up to nine strokes of the cane each – and the punishment will be carried out in a public place.
The arrested rapists, including a 13-year-old boy – would have faced the same number of cane strokes if they had been charged under Shariah law – but they are facing charges in a criminal court.
The hunt continues for the five others.
It is not the first time in Aceh that a woman accused of inappropriate conduct with an ‘unrelated male’ – her husband – has been summarily raped.
In a similar eerie incident in the same town of Langsa, a 20-year-old university student was raped by three Shariah police officers in January 2010 after being caught riding on a motor cycle with her boyfriend.
The town’s Sharia police chief was later sacked and two of the rapists were sentenced to eight years in prison. The third, said the Jakarta Globe was never caught.
Reiterated activist Destika Gilang Lestari, coordinator of the Aceh Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras): ‘The rape of a woman accused of having violated Islamic law is a barbaric act,’
‘The police do not seem serious in prosecuting perpetrators, encouraging people to justify acts of violence for the sake of Islamic law, when in fact Islamic law strongly prohibits acts of violence.’
Local media to date has declined to examine the way in which the application of sharia law continues to denigrate women, it is not necessarily understood why such discussions have been abated…
via UK’s dailymail
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