Public caning for lesbian sex unIslamic, says lawyers group

Malaysia: Two women caned for ‘attempting lesbian sex’

The two unnamed women, ages 22 and 32, were arrested in April after Islamic enforcement officers spotted them in a vehicle together in northeast Terengganu state, according to Agence France-Presse.

While Malaysian women have been caned for adultery in the past, this is the first case of caning over sexuality.

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Authorities in Malaysia's north-eastern state of Terengganu on Monday caned two women for attempting to have sex.

First of its kind: The caning for such an offence is believed to be the first to be carried out in the state.

A Terengganu judge sentenced the Muslim women, ages 22 and 32, to six strokes each in front of a courtroom of witnesses.

Charles Santiago, a lawmaker who is part of the governing coalition, said the punishment was "outrageous" and "a form of torture".

The women were supposed to have been caned on Aug 28 but had their sentence postponed to yesterday.

Last month they pleaded guilty to attempting lesbian sex and were fined and sentenced to six lashings of the cane. "I have consistently repeated in Parliament that we do not support the promotion of LGBT culture in Malaysia", he said at the time.

Malaysia has a dual-track legal system which allows Islamic courts to handle religious and family cases for the country's Muslims, which make up about 60 percent of the population.

Ahead of the punishment, Gwen Lee, Amnesty International's Malaysia head, slammed the punishment as "cruel and unjust".

"While Suhakam is aware that the law provides for punishment by caning, the court ought to have exercised judicial discretion, in accordance with principles of compassion, mercy and human dignity in Islam". Homosexual activity is illegal under both secular and religious laws.

Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Amnesty's Malaysia researcher, said: "To inflict this brutal punishment on two people for attempting to engage in consensual, same-sex relations is an atrocious setback on the government's efforts to improve its human rights records". "We really need to make sure that no one is publicly caned. due to their sexuality", he said.

Caning under Islamic law is carried out with a relatively thin cane on subjects who are fully clothed, and is more about humiliation than causing pain.

Save Malaysian LGBT Community, an activist group in the country, told PinkNews that queer people were "receiving threats from the local community". A transgender woman also was beaten up by a group of people in a southern state.

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