In Islam, like in other monotheistic traditions and in compliance with all universal norms of morality, adultery is condemned. The Qur’an firmly forbids adultery in this verse: “Those who commit adultery, men or women, give each of them a hundred lashes” Qur’an 24: 2. Two teenagers were flogged 17 times each because for hugging each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, they also spent months in jail.
A female university student and her boyfriend, who are both 18-years-old, were handed the sentence under strict Sharia law in the province. The law forbids intimate displays in public.
The pair were marched on to a stage in front of a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh before being struck across the back with a bamboo cane. Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the punishment being carried out.
Afterward, Banda Aceh deputy mayor Zainal Arifin said;
People outside of Aceh who think Islamic Sharia is cruel can now see that it is actually very tolerant and humane.
It is noteworthy that the Qur’an does not stipulate stoning as punishment but rather “ a hundred lashes” that remains an exclusively dissuasive sanction.