A teenager in Indonesia was sentenced to 146 lashes after being arrested for molesting and raping a minor earlier this year. Whipping was paused when the teen collapsed – but soon resumed.
A teenager convicted of raping a child was lashed almost 150 times for violating Islamic law – and collapsed during his punishment.
The unidentified 19-year-old was lashed by a masked official in front of witnesses in the town of Idi Rayeuk in East Aceh, Indonesia, on Thursday.
The teen is reported to have collapsed during the public whipping and begged for the punishment to stop – but the request was denied.
The teen had been sentenced to 146 lashes – and was treated by a medic before the whipping session resumed.
According to reports, the teenager was sentenced with the severe punishment, reserved for the worst criminals, due to the severity of his crime.
Ivan Nanjjar Alavi, an official from the East Aceh prosecutor’s office, told reporters that: “the maximum sentence is meant to be a deterrent.”
Details of the victim have not been released, but the teen is believed to have been arrested earlier this year on charges of molesting and raping a minor.
Public whipping is part of Sharia law – which is a religious law that is invoked by some Islamic communities, including those found in Indonesia.