Two 18-year-olds were whipped Thursday in Indonesian Aceh Province for being caught cuddling in public. The college student and her boyfriend were flogged 17 times outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh. The two teenagers had served several months in prison ahead of the corporal punishment.
Aceh is the only one of Indonesia’s 34 provinces that can legally implement Sharia. The state enacted the Sharia criminal code in 2015, criminalizing adultery, gambling, drinking alcohol, homosexuality and sexual activities outside marriage.
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