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After being caught kissing, an unmarried couple received a public whipping as a sick punishment


The couple, named only as a female called RO, 23, and a man, M, 24, were reportedly caught being intimate in a parked car before later being thrashed with a rattan whip as a crowd took pictures

The man and woman being escorted to a room for their brutal punishment after being caught kissing

The man and woman being escorted to a room for their brutal punishment after being caught kissing

An unmarried couple caught kissing in Indonesia were publicly whipped as punishment.

The couple, named only as a female called RO, 23, and a man, M, 24, were reportedly caught being intimate in a parked car before authorities were alerted.

Both received 21 lashes each as people watched on at the Bustanul Salatin complex on the island of Sumatra, Sindo News reports.

Horrifically, the brutal punishment took place in public, as people watched on as the woman slumped to the floor in pain during the thrashing.

Images from the scene show police officers using a microphone while speaking to observers who even took pictures.

The woman and man were also snapped being led individually to a room where they each received their punishment.

The couple were led to a room as a crowd peered in watching the brutal punishment (

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The couple were originally meant to receive 25 lashings each, but this was ultimately reduced.

Head of Criminal Investigation Section of the Banda Aceh Prosecutor's Office, Isnawati, in Banda Aceh, said: "The two of them violated Article 25 paragraph (1) of Qanun Aceh Number 6 of 2014 concerning the Jinayat Law [Islamic criminal law], namely the act of conscientiousness."

The pair were discovered in the Ule Lee Harbor area of Banda Aceh City, Sumatra, performing the act, reports The Daily Star.

The woman kneels on the floor as she received 21 lashes of the cane (

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A police officer reportedly saw a parked car swaying before going to check the vehicle and found the couple kissing.

RO was detained at the Lhoknga prison in Aceh Besar, while M was held in custody at the Kajhu detention centre.

Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country, with just under 90% of the population practising the religion.

The woman slumps to the ground in pain (

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Islamic law is not implemented across the nation – in fact, Aceh is the only of the nation's 34 provinces that can legally adopt bylaws derived from Sharia thanks to a 2005 autonomy deal agreed with the central government to curb the demands of the separatist movement, reports MailOnline.

The "close proximity" law means associations between unmarried individuals of the opposite sex can be a criminal offence under certain circumstances, and public whipping is a common punishment for breaking this rule.

The poor woman is whipped (

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Members of the Sharia police escort a man (C) to be caned as punishment (

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Lashings can also be given to individuals who engage in gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol and having gay or premarital sex, as per the region's laws.

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