Teen collapses after receiving nearly 150 lashes for raping a child
A teenager convicted of raping a child in Indonesia’s most conservative region collapsed during a public whipping that saw him lashed nearly 150 times for violating Islamic law.
The unidentified 19-year-old cried out as a masked officer lashed his back with a rattan stick in the town of Idi Rayeuk in East Aceh on Thursday, according to a report by Agence France Presse.
The teenager was briefly treated by doctors when he pleaded for the caning to stop but the severe punishment continued. He had been sentenced to 146 lashes, a heavy penalty reserved for the most serious crimes in the region, according to a local prosecutor.
“The maximum sentence is meant to be a deterrent,” Ivan Nanjjar Alavi, an official from the East Aceh prosecutor’s office, told reporters.
The victim was not identified by prosecutors.
The Indonesian province, which follows strict sharia law, allows whipping for a range of charges — including gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or premarital sex.
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