Muslim women caned for sex


Human rights groups have condemned the caning of three Muslim women for having extramarital sex, the first time the punishment has been carried out in Malaysia. The women were caned on February 9 after being convicted in an Islamic sharia court of sex outside of marriage. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced the punishment on Wednesday. Amnesty International yesterday urged an end to caning. “The Malaysian government needs to abolish this cruel and degrading punishment,” said deputy Asia-Pacific director Donna Guest. Sisters in Islam, a local group of Muslim women activists, said the punishment constituted discrimination against Muslim women, since civil law — which applies to non-Muslims – bans the caning of women.