Teenagers are thrashed for having a cuddle after breaching Indonesia's strict Sharia law
AdvertisementTwo teenagers have been whipped 17 times each after spending months in jail because they were caught hugging in Indonesia's Aceh province. A female university student and her boyfriend, both 18, were handed the sentence under strict Sharia law in the province, which forbids intimate displays in public. Aceh is the only province in the world's biggest Muslim majority country that imposes Islamic law. After the punishment was carried out, Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin said it proved how 'tolerant and humane' Sharia Law isRights groups slam public caning as cruel, and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has called for it to end. Aceh adopted religious law after it was granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.