Author: Press Association
An Islamic court ordered that Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, be beaten with a
rattan cane after she was caught in a raid on a hotel night club in eastern
Pahang state last year.
Prosecutor Saiful Idham Sahimi said Kartika will be the first woman to be
caned under Islamic law after she chose not to appeal the sentence.
The court said the sentence must be carried out in a woman’s prison sometime
Saiful said Kartika will remain in prison during that time and will be
released “as soon as possible” after the caning is carried out.
The cane will be lighter than the one used on men, and its purpose was to
“educate” rather than punish he said.
Muslims, who make up about two-thirds of Malaysia’s 28 million people, are
governed by Islamic courts in all civilian and Islamic matters. Most alcohol
offenders are fined, but the law also provides for a three-year prison term
Non-Muslims are governed by civil courts, which also impose caning for
offences such as rape and corruption. Women, children and men above 50 are
exempt under civil law. Caning, administered on the buttocks, breaks the
skin and leaves permanent scars.
Kartika said earlier that she wanted authorities to cane her soon so that she
can resume her life with her husband and children. Some politicians and
women’s rights activists have criticised the penalty as too harsh.
Malaysian clubs are not legally required to check if customers are Muslims
before serving them alcohol.
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