Women caned in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex

Two women found guilty of attempting to have sex have been caned in Malaysia’s conservative north-eastern state of Terengganu, in the first punishment of its kind. The two women, aged 22 and 32, were fined 3,300 Malaysian Ringgit (£619) and caned six times each in the Terengganu sharia high court just after 10 am, after the sentence was read out. The caning was carried out in the courtroom and was witnessed by up to 100 people, including the public.

While women in Malaysia have been caned for sexual offences in the past, such as adultery, rights activists say this is the first time two women have been caned for attempting to have sex. “The punishment was shocking and it was a spectacle,” Thilaga Sulathireh, an activist from the Malaysian rights group Justice for Sisters who was in court on Monday said, “For all intents and purposes it was a public caning.”

“This case shows a regression for human rights,” she said, “Not only for LGBT people but all persons because corporal punishment affects all people.” The Justice for Sisters activist said the group was concerned the case would set a dangerous precedent for the increased policing of morality and sexual identities in Malaysia. Sharia law enforcement officers in Terengganu identified the two women attempting to engage in sexual acts in a car in April.

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