Muslim Wire

This is how syariah caning is done

Posted in Politics, Society by muslimwire on October 26, 2009

By M. Hamzah Jamaludin

KUANTAN: While others could only read or imagine how the syariah rotan will be administered to a woman, about 500 people here saw a live demonstration yesterday.

Held at the state Religious Department hall, the demonstration was part of a day-long seminar on syariah which was organised by a group of 14 Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Pahang.

“It’s not as bad as reported.

“I hope more people could watch it, including Kartika (Sari Dewi Shukarno) and other NGOs,” said a student from International Islamic University who wanted to be known only as Zanariah.

Azlan Abdul Rahman of the Pahang Mufti Department demonstrating on a mannequin how the caning will be carried out. — NST picture by Azmaidi Abidin
Azlan Abdul Rahman of the Pahang Mufti Department demonstrating on a mannequin how the caning will be carried out. — NST picture by Azmaidi Abidin

Kartika was fined RM5,000 and ordered to receive six strokes of the rotan by the Syariah High Court here on July 20 after she pleaded guility to consuming alcohol at a hotel in Cherating last year.

She was to have been taken to the Kajang Prison this month for the caning but was released after the department decided to postpone the punishment as it was the month of Ramadan.

At yesterday’s event, a video clip on civil rotan punishment was also shown.

The caning demonstration was to have been given by a prison officer. However, it was later performed by a staff from the state Mufti Department, Azlan Abdul Rahman.

Azlan used a syariah-compliant rotan, which is less than 1.22 metres long and 1.25cm thick, on a fully-dressed mannequin complete with tudung.

“You cannot raise your hand above your head,” said Azlan who had earlier explained how the punishment should be carried out under the Pahang Syariah Criminal Procedures Enactment 2002.

A woman must be fully dressed and allowed to sit. Each lash should be executed moderately so as not to break her skin.

Chairman of the seminar, Amidi Abdul Manan, said a five-point resolution was adopted by the participants yesterday, and a copy would be submitted to Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

The resolutions, among others, urged all parties to respect syariah and the decisions made by the syariah courts.
State Religious Council deputy president Datuk Seri Wan Abdul Wahid Wan Hassan, who closed the seminar, said more programmes should be organised by the NGOs to help the public understand the difference between syariah and civil punishments.

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