Muslim model to be beaten with canes for drinking a beer


(Oh, and what a surprise – she’s a woman!)

The Freethinker has reported on a case in Malaysia which should have you all gasping with feigned shock.

It seems part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, found herself in a Sharia court after Islamic authorities raided a hotel nightclub in August 2008.  She pleaded guilty to drinking a beer and was sentenced on Monday to suffer six lashes from a rattan cane and to pay a fine of 5,000 ringgit (around £850).

The punishment “is aimed at making the accused repent and serves as a lesson to Muslims,” the New Straits Times quoted Judge Abdul Rahman Yunus as saying.

Consuming alcohol is a religious offense for Muslims.  Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the population of Malaysia, are forbidden from drinking alcohol although the sale of alcohol to non-Muslims is permitted.  Most offenders are fined, but the law also provides for a three-year prison term and caning.

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