In ‘moderate’ Malaysia, a woman is to be caned for drinking a beer

Punishment: Muslim model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno will become the first woman in Malaysia to be caned after being caught drinking alcohol.

An Islamic court ordered that Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, be lashed six times with a rattan cane after she was caught drinking alcohol in a raid on a hotel night club in eastern Pahang state last year.

Prosecutor Saiful Idham Sahimi said Kartika will be the first woman to be caned under Islamic law after she chose not to appeal the sentence. He said: ‘This is the first case in Malaysia. … It is a good punishment because under Islamic law a person who drinks commits a serious offense.’

Saiful said the rattan cane to be used on Kartika would be lighter than the one used on men, and its purpose was to ‘educate’ rather than punish. Caning, administered on the buttocks, breaks the skin and leaves permanent scars. Kartika said earlier that she wanted authorities to cane her as soon as possible so she can resume her life with her husband and children. UK DAILY MAIL

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