(WARNING: Graphic content) Sharia law enforcement results in public lashings (photos & video)


WARNING: Images below are disturbing. 

The public lashing of 11 people took place in Banda Aceh in the province of Aceh, Indonesia on Monday. Both men and women were publicly whipped for crimes ranging from gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol and gay sex, under the country’s brutal Sharia law.

The lashings are the latest to emerge from Aceh, located on the northern end of Sumatra, the only province in Indonesia to implement Islamic punishment. The province began implementing Sharia law in 2001, after being granted autonomy by the government in Jakarta which reportedly wished to quell “a long-running separatist insurgency.”

The resultant peace agreement, signed in 2005, granted Aceh special autonomy on condition that it remained part of the Sumatra Islands.

On Monday, the “guilty” persons had been lashed with a cane across their backs by a masked enforcer, who doled out their brutal punishments.

On some occasions, those being punished collapse in pain after such lashings.

Reportedly, over 90 per cent of the 255-million Indonesia residents there describe themselves as Muslim. A vast majority of those practice a more moderate form of the faith. However, the beatings are becoming more prevalent due to an anti-homosexuality law passed in Aceh in September 2014. Anyone caught having gay sex will earn 100 lashes, 100 months in jail or a fine of 1,000 grams of gold.

The law also punishes those found guilty of sex crimes, including unmarried people engaging in displays of affection, and people found guilty of adultery or underage sex. The religious police in the province have been known to punish Muslim women caught without head scarves or wearing tight clothing in public, and people drinking alcohol or gambling.

Engaging in homosexual acts is not a crime under Indonesia’s national criminal code, but is still seen as taboo in many conservative parts of the predominantly Muslim country.

The following images show instances of public lashings reported to have taken place in Indonesia:

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