Malaysian women say deserved caning over adultery

The three women were caned for committing adultery

Malaysian women say deserved caning over adultery

Three Malaysians who became the first women to be caned under the country's Islamic laws said they deserved their punishment and that it would help stem adultery.

The three women were caned for committing adultery

"I deeply regret my actions as I should have married before having sex," the New Straits Times newspaper quoted one of the women who it said was aged 17, as saying in its Friday edition.

The newspaper did not reveal the womens' real names and a picture showed the three clad in traditional Malaysian dress and headscarves seated before reporters.

The 17-year old said that she had become pregnant and gone into labour while at school, losing the baby, and then had turned herself in to the authorities last December.

A second woman said she had to support her family after her father left home and had a three-year-old daughter out of wedlock. She said that she too turned herself in due to feelings of guilt.

All three women were caned on Feb. 9 and the punishments were announced by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Wednesday.

The punishment of six strokes of the rattan is carried out while the women are fully clothed and while they are seated. The person administering the punishment is not allowed to raise their arm above shoulder level.

"Even though the caning did not injure them, the three women said it caused pain within their souls," Hishammuddin said.

The caning has received widespread support from Muslim groups in this Southeast Asian country of 27 million people where around 55 percent of the population is Malay and Muslim.

"The guilty have also repented and there is no proof of injuries at all. What is the problem now?" Fadhalina Sidek, vice president of the Islamic Youth Movement was quoted as saying on the Malaysian Insider website (www.themalaysianinsider.com).

Caning is used in Malaysian prisons for other crimes.


Reuters

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C Buenafe
C Buenafe - 9 yıl Before

Why were the 3 men not caned, too? There had to at least be three men also involved.