Lesbian couple whipped six times
Published on: Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Terengganu: About 100 people watched as the Syariah High Court here handed a lesbian couple six strokes of the rotan each. The couple, aged 22 and 32 years, received their lashings in front of the court's chief judge Wan Mohd Zakri Wan Mohd, senior judge Rosdi Harun and judge Kamalruazmi Ismail at Hall 2 at 10.10am.

It was the first such case in Terengganu. Present to witness the punishment were the accused's family members, representatives of the Bar Council, non-government organisations and the media.

Also present were state legislative assembly speaker Yahaya Ali, state syariah implementation, education and higher studies committee chairman Satiful Bahri Mamat and Kuala Terengganu member of Parliament Ahmad Amzad Hashim.

Earlier, the two accused arrived at the court separately at 8.30am. They were ordered to change before undergoing the punishment executed by the Prison's Department.

Last Aug 18, the duo were handed a RM3,300 fine each and six strokes of the rotan, respectively, after they pleaded guilty to the charge under Section 30 of the Syariah Criminal Code Enactment (Takzir) (Terengganu) Enactment, 2001 which was read together with Section 59(1) of the same enactment, for musahaqah (sexual intercourse between two women).

The two women were sentenced for attempting to have sex in a car at Dataran Arena Square, Dungun, at 1.50pm on April 8.

They were also fined RM3,300 or four months' jail if they failed to pay the fine.

The women were charged under Section 30 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (Takzir) (Terengganu) 2001 which was read together with Section 59 (1) for lesbianism.

The two women were given the opportunity to appeal the caning sentence within 14 days but did not do so.

"Do not look down on the two women offenders as when they accepted the punishment, it meant they were repentant about their wrongdoing."

This was the reminder from Syariah Court Judge Kamalruazmi Ismail following the execution of the sentence.

He said that the sentence was a lesson, a reminder and deterrent to the offenders and society not to commit it in the future.

"Under syariah (law), caning is not meant to hurt or torture the offender.

May this sentence be a lesson and reminder to all Muslims and show that syariah punishment is meant to educate and not cause pain," he said.


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