9 Apr 2011

Couples caned in Aceh

6:08 am on 9 April 2011

Two couples have been caned in the Muslim province of Aceh in Indonesia for having extramarital affairs.

About 200 people gathered after Friday prayers to watch the four receive their allotted lashes at a mosque in the city of Jantho, southeast of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.

Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra, is one of several areas in Indonesia where Islamic sharia law has been adopted. The caning is mainly aimed at causing shame.