Caning as punishment for a criminal offense is a form of torture. The Sharia court judge who sentenced the two women told them they were being made examples of as a lesson for all society. In Terengganu , liwat sodomy and musahaqah sex between women can result in up to three years in prison, fines, and up to six strokes with a cane. The laws are rarely enforced, according to Malaysian activists. Ibrahim has not spoken out against the scheduled caning. Criminalizing adult consensual same-sex conduct violates internationally protected rights to privacy and non-discrimination. Caning violates customary international law prohibitions on the use of torture and other ill-treatment. Malaysia is one of a small number of countries worldwide that has not ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Nongovernmental organizations.
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday denounced the caning of two women convicted of having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws, after the punishment sparked a storm of criticism. The pair were caned in front of more than spectators in an Islamic court Monday, with one of the women breaking down in tears, after they admitted breaching rules that forbid homosexual relations. The punishment in conservative northern Terengganu state marked the first time women have been caned for same-sex relations in Muslim-majority Malaysia, according to campaigners, and heightened fears about a worsening climate for the country's homosexuals. Mahathir added his voice to growing criticism, saying he had discussed the issue with his cabinet and they felt the caning "does not reflect justice and tolerance in Islam". Mahathir said as it was a first offence for the women, they should have been given advice rather than being caned. The women, aged 22 and 32, were arrested in April by Islamic enforcement officers after they were found in a car in a public square.
Two women have been caned in Malaysia by the Terengganu sharia high court for attempting to have lesbian sex. The women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the court room, in front of up to witnesses. The women were identified by sharia law enforcement officers in Terengganu back in April, after they were found attempting to have sex in a car. Women have previously been caned in Malaysia for sexual offenses like adultery, however activists consider this to be the first time two women have been caned for attempting to have sex. Homosexual acts are illegal in Malaysia, with each state able to enact sharia law.
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke out on the controversy that has erupted after two Muslim women were caned for indulging in same-sex or lesbian relations. In a video posted today, the Prime Minister weighed on the issue and said that the caning has put Islam in a bad light showcasing it as ruthless and focused on the humiliation of the culprit. He also said that this sentence is not the true nature of Islam.