Ten people have been caned for adultery in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where strict sharia law is in force.The pictures show a man and a woman, who is in obvious distress, being led to a specially erected covered area where they are caned by a masked sharia enforcer, known as an ‘algojo’The woman is forced to kneel before her punishment begins, which usually consists of prisoner being hit up to 29 times for their so-called crime.

Earlier this year footage emerged of a woman collapsing in pain due to  severity of their injuries inflicted during the beatings.The barbaric punishments, which occurred today in Banda Aceh, are the latest to emerge from the only province in the country to implement the Islamic punishment.Despite than 90 % of the 255million people who live in Indonesia describing themselves as moderate Muslim, the region is allowed to retain brutal sharia punishments as part of a peace deal that ended a three decade insurgency.A peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition that it remained part of the sprawling archipelago.People are still flogged for a range of offences including gambling, drinking alcohol, gay sex or any sexual relationship outside marriage.Back in September 2014, Aceh approved an anti-homosexuality law that can punish anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes.Anybody caught engaging in consensual gay sex is punished with 100 lashes, 100 months in jail or a fine of 1,000 grams of gold.The law also sets out punishment for sex crimes, unmarried people engaging in displays of affection, people caught found guilty of adultery.People can be caned for something as innocent as standing too close to a partner in public or being seen alone with someone they are not married to.

 

 

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