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Malaysian Women Caned in Public for 'Attempting Lesbian Sex'

Malaysian Women Caned in Public for 'Attempting Lesbian Sex'

Two Malaysian women were caned publicly Monday in the Terengganu Syariah High Court after being convicted of attempting to commit musahaqah, lesbian sex, the Guardian reported. The two women were subjected to six strokes of a cane following a ruling by a Sharia court, and were fined RM 3,300 (Rs 56,834).

She also questioned the legality of the punishment, noting that under the Prison Act 1955 and the Prison Regulations 2000, caning can only be administered to prisoners.

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

In a statement, she added: "This is a awful day for LGBTI rights, and indeed human rights, in Malaysia".

"This is a awful day for LGBTI rights, and indeed human rights, in Malaysia", Amnesty International's Malaysia Researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard said in a statement.

"The caning of the two women is a terrible reminder of the depth of discrimination and criminalization that LGBTI people face in the country". Before the caning was carried out, Gwen Lee, Amnesty International's Malaysia head, slammed the punishment as "cruel and unjust".

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.

It's reportedly the first time this type of punishment has been carried out against two women for attempting to have sex, according to Insider.

Justice for Sisters (JFS) and Sisters in Islam, two other Malaysian pro-LGBT+ groups, said in a joint statement that the lashings constituted "a travesty and a grave miscarriage of justice".

Mr Satiful said the punishment was "not meant to torture or injure".

"It did not look forceful and we are satisfied because proper procedure was followed in which the caning did not break the skin", said association deputy president Fazru Anuar Yusof.

Amnesty International said it was a "dreadful reminder of the depth of discrimination LGBT people face in the country and a sign that the new government condones the use of inhuman and degrading punishments, much like its predecessor".

"Mercy is preferable to punishment".

She said Malaysia has accepted a dual legal system and all parties should respect the decision.

Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a vehicle have been caned in a religious court.

Lawmaker Charles Santiago called on the government to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality. Just a week earlier, Malaysia's religious affairs minister ordered the removal of portraits of LGBT activists from an arts festival in Penang, telling reporters, "We do not support the promotion of LGBT culture in Malaysia". A transgender woman also was beaten up by a group of people in a southern state. "We really need to make sure that no one is publicly caned. due to their sexuality", he said.