Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Public Flogging in Terengganu

The two women allegedly in a lesbian relationship. FMT, September 03, 2018

Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin (right) showed a measure of courage when he slammed the public flogging of two Terengganu women yesterday. 

The duo, aged 22 and 32 were given six strokes of the cane, under Sections 30 and 59(1) of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (Takzir) (Terengganu) 2001 for engaging in lesbian sexual relations. They were also fined RM3,300. 

Earlier, two women’s rights groups had taken up cudgels against the Kuala Terengganu Syariah High Court (left) for enforcing the punishment, described as “a travesty and a grave miscarriage of justice”. 

Justice for Sisters and Sisters in Islam said the Prison Act 1955 and Prison Regulations 2000 stipulate that caning can only be meted out against captives. 

The pair weren’t incarcerated after they were charged and found guilty, insisted the civil societies. They maintained that as the sentences of the two women did not include imprisonment, they could not be considered prisoners as defined by the said laws. 

Therefore, the Kuala Terengganu Syariah High Court and Malaysian Prisons Department may have erred. 

The groups also questioned Putrajaya’s involvement in the episode, since the lashings were carried out by an officer from the Prisons Department, which comes under the Home Ministry. 

Prominent social activist Marina Mahathir (right) waded in to say that the authorities were signalling that violence against sexual minorities was acceptable. 

Lawyer Latheefa Koya, who heads rights group Lawyers for Liberty, said the punishment on the duo was “unIslamic”. 

She argued the punishment was similar to actions by Saudi Arabia and the IS group who were “well known… for their horrendous human rights transgressions”. 

“(It) does not bode well for the way Islam in Malaysia is progressing”, Latheefa (left) said. 

Her view echoed a statement by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG), which said the whipping sentence “increases shame, harm, and trauma” to the women. 

Anyway, Khairy had tweeted on Monday that “Islam teaches us to look after the dignity of every human being. And that mercy is preferable to punishment”. 

The UMNO parliamentarian reiterated: “There are other ways to handle the LGBT issue. Although it is enshrined in the laws, carrying out public caning should not have been done”. 

The rest of our Muslim lawmakers, particularly those from Pakatan Harapan, stayed silent. Not a squeak or a squeal or a sound. 


One wonders if they know the meaning of compassion.

And PH Terengganu did step forward to say they supported the caning. Stupid. I can only shake my head.

Of course, PAS which govern Terengganu and Kelantan will tell us to shut up and respect the Syariah court’s decision.

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