Cane me publicly

Aug 20, 2009
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Malaysian woman caught drinking beer to be caned by next week

By Elizabeth Looi, Malaysia Correspondent
Kartika, 32, is to be caned within seven days of the remand at the Selangor prison. This means the punishment will be carried out during the fasting month. — PHOTO: HARIAN METRO

KUALA LUMPUR – A MUSLIM woman who has been sentenced to six strokes of the rotan for drinking beer has asked for the punishment to be carried out in public, not in a prison in Selangor.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, who is set to be caned next week, said she should be punished in public if the Islamic court had intended for it to be a lesson to all Muslims.

But religious experts, including the Malaysian Syariah Lawyers Association and the Islamic adviser to the Prime Minister, said public flogging is unnecessary, as long as the offender has learnt her lesson.

‘I think the punishment is fair, but it should be done in public for everyone to see so that people will learn. Let’s be transparent,’ Kartika, 32, told The Straits Times in a phone interview on Wednesday.

The Pahang Syariah High Court on Wednesday issued a warrant for the mother of two to be remanded in Kajang prison from next Monday.

She is to be caned within seven days of the remand at the Selangor prison. This means the punishment will be carried out during the fasting month, which starts on Saturday. The punishment will make her the first woman in Malaysia to be caned.

Kartika, a Malaysian who is married to a Singaporean, was sentenced to six strokes and fined RM5,000 (S$2,000) for drinking in a hotel in Cherating, Pahang, while on holiday with friends two years ago. She pleaded guilty and paid the fine. Under Malaysian syariah law, an offender who drinks alcohol can receive up to six strokes, be fined up to RM5,000 or jailed for three years.

Being caned under the Islamic law in Malaysia is unlike the civil corporal punishment. Under the syariah law, a male offender stands, while a female offender sits with her feet tucked in, during the caning. The officer must not raise his hand above his shoulder when caning the woman, so that the caning strength is lighter.

In civil punishment, women are exempted from flogging. For men who get whipped, they are hit on the buttocks with a rotan that breaks their bare skin and draws blood with each stroke.

Kartika will not be caned in public as the punishment must be held within the law, explained Pahang state syariah deputy public prosecutor Saiful Idham Sahimi.


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5 Responses to “Cane me publicly”

  1. Nancy Says:

    The woman works in the secular world as a model, so of course she is influenced by that life style. I wonder if she enjoyed those beers ? Or, if she will want one again someday ? Honestly, fundamentalism, regardless of the religion it protects, poisons the lives of others sometimes. I spent 10+ yrs in a fundamentalist religion, so I know.

    This is so far away from Canada, it isnt worth worrying about really. Now-for the women who WANT to escape this lifestyle..that is the cutting edge of a new world movement. Fundamentalist leaders/men, watch out !! Your female constituents will continue to fight for their freedom-you cannot remain a religious island unto yourselves anymore. It is a global village now and the majority of women support freedom for their sisters.

  2. A. Quatroni Says:

    The Muslim world boasts how their insane “laws” uphold the “morals” of the Muslim world, yet on the other hand, they won’t hesitate to savagely saw the head off of someone in public who has been accused of a crime against Islam. A very sick people that don’t really have any true idea where they’re going in history…..except maybe down…

  3. Frog Prince Says:

    Malaysia sucks, every person in the entire country should be flogged for being stupid………

  4. Fiona Says:

    If they really want to set examples, then the shariah lawyers and immam need to start at the very top. This is a joke!! She is a mere scape goat. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib, not only is he a womaniser (managed to get away with murder, by blaming others and manipulating the gov officials because of who he is and who his father was) but he has been known to drink alcohol (in the UK and locally). The royalty, of which some are people that I have had the pleasure of socializing with, drink alcohol. All the Datuks/Tan Sri’s and Tengku’s, they are all guilty. Why aren’t they punished???? If this is not double standard then I dont know what is!!! Malaysian’s are embarassed by this. The Shariah law need to be made accountable to ALL Muslims, especially the countries leaders! I am a proud MUslim and as I recalled it, Islam call’s for justice for everyone. WHAT HAPPENED???? It does not apply to common folks especially Women!

  5. Joe Fattal Says:

    I’ll go and flog her myself. She ought to know the law of the land, maybe primitive but it’s the law.

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