Christian woman punished under Shariah law for selling alcohol

Jakarta: A 60-year-old Christian woman was whipped nearly 30 times for selling alcohol in Indonesia’s conservative Bandar Aceh.

The woman faced the caning before a crowd of hundreds that gathered in the province earlier this week. She was whipped along with a couple who faced about 100 lashes for committing adultery.

This is the first time that a non-Muslim person was punished under the Islamic criminal bylaw, which involves corporal punishment for breaching its laws.

Bandar Aceh has fully enforced the Islamic Shariah law to safeguard human dignity. 

Aceh is the only province in the Muslim-dominated country to adhere to Sharia law which puts it at odds with other provinces where the vast majority of the population practices a moderate form of Islam. 

Under the law, which has gradually taken effect since 2001, women were instructed to don the hijab and observe the Islamic dress code.

The non-Muslims, however, can choose whether to be tried under Islamic law or the regular Indonesian criminal code.

Last year, an Acehnese woman faced being caned by the Banda Aceh Sharia Police despite being a victim of rape.

Sanchar Express News Desk