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Malaysia: Two women to be caned for having lesbian sex

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 August 2018, 11:08 IST

Since you are not allowed to have sex with a woman if you follow Islam.

Two women have been sentenced to caning in Malaysia for going against their religion by having sex in contravention of strict Islamic laws, according to an official said on Tuesday, August 14.

The women aged 22 and 32, were arrested in April by Islamic enforcement officers after they were found in a car in a public square in northern Terengganu state, one of the most conservative areas of the country.

They were brought before an Islamic court on Sunday and admitted to breaking a sharia law that forbids sexual relations between women.

Both women are sentenced to six strokes of the cane each and fined 3,300 ringgit, Mohamad Khasmizan Abdullah, a prosecutor with the Terengganu religious department told media agency AFP.

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"This is a serious case. The prosecutors urged the court to impose the maximum sentence," Khasmizan said.

He said if it happens, they would be the first women to be caned in Terengganu for breaking Islamic laws. They are free on bail and their sentence is set to be carried out on August 28, although they have the right to appeal.

“Sexual intercourse between people of the same sex is forbidden in Islam. It is an offence and morally wrong,” Khasmizan stated.

The punishment (caning) will take place in presence of people in Malaysia.

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However, “The caning would be carried out within the court premise,” he added. “Under the sharia rules, they will be whipped with a rattan cane on their back with their clothes on while they are seated.”

“Consensual sex between adults is not a crime. This is a precedence and it will increase discrimination toward LGBT people,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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First published: 15 August 2018, 11:08 IST