Teen rapist collapses as public whipping punishment sees him suffer 150 lashes
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.
Whipping can be sentenced for a range of crimes under the religious laws including gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or premarital sex.
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In September, reports from Indonesia of another child rapist who had been sentenced to 169 lashes with a cane.
However, he collapsed after 52 of the lashes had been administered – with prosecutors halting the punishment.
A doctor said at the time: "When he was lashed 52 times, he was found on his right back there were heavy blisters, if he continued and was hit by the same beating, the blood vessels could burst and bleed.
”It is better if we postpone it until the recovery is good and the convict can be punished again."
Photographs of the 19-year-old’s punishment on Thursday show him wincing as the official whips him with a cane.
A crowd of spectators and photographers are gathered to witness the punishment which was only temporarily halted while the child sex offender’s punishment was concluded.
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