A 27-year-old Indonesian man collapsed while being publicly caned for
standing with a woman who is not his wife in contravention of strict
Islamic laws. Herizal bin Yunus, who was one of eight people publicly
punished on Monday for breaking the province’s Islamic regulations,
fainted after being caned eight times in front of a crowd in Aceh.
But after he was examined by a doctor, the officials were told he was in
good health, and he was taken back up on stage to be flogged another 14
Herizal had been sentenced to be caned a total of 22 times for breaking
the Islamic laws that forbid people in Aceh from spending time with
members of the opposite sex who are not their husband or wife.