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Two Malaysian women thrashed for doing lesbian physical relationship

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Kuala Lumpur: In a shocking incident, two Malaysian women have been sentenced to caning after they admitted having sex in contravention of strict Islamic laws, an official said today, sparking outrage from rights groups.

All members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have increasingly faced pressure in the Muslim-majority country in recent years, with officials frequently accused of targeting them.

 

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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 in northern Terengganu state, one of the most conservative areas of the country.

They were brought before an Islamic court on Sunday and admitted to breaking a sharia law that forbids sexual relations between women.

 

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They were sentenced to six strokes of the cane each and fined 3,300 ringgit (USD 800), Mohamad Khasmizan Abdullah, a prosecutor with the Terengganu religious department told media persons.

“This is a serious case. The prosecutors urged the court to impose the maximum sentence,” Khasmizan said.

 

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He said if the sentence was carried out, they would be the first women to be caned in Terengganu for breaking Islamic laws. They are free on bail and their sentence is set to be carried out on August 28, although they have the right to appeal.

 

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Malaysia operates a dual-track legal system and Islamic courts can handle religious and family matters, as well as cases such as adultery.

Malaysian Muslims, who make up over 60 per cent of the country’s 32 million inhabitants, have traditionally practised a tolerant brand of Islam but concerns have been growing in recent years that attitudes are becoming more conservative.

 

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In a statement released by rights groups Justice for Sisters, and endorsed by other campaign groups, criticised the women’s sentence as “torture”.

It said, “Criminalisation of consensual sex between adults is a gross violation of human rights.”

 

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir authorities today evening withdrew the security cover provided to five separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

“The security cover of five separatist leaders — Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Ahmad Shah — has been withdrawn,” confirmed state government sources.

In line with the decision taken earlier in the day, armed guards, vehicles and other facilities to the separatists were withdrawn towards the evening, added the sources.

Sunday’s move comes after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to the Kashmir valley on Friday, said that security provided to those who received money from Pakistan would be reviewed.

Shah is currently in custody in Delhi after being arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Srinagar on July 26, 2017, in connection with a terror funding case.

Security personnel were, however, deployed outside his residence in Srinagar where his family resides.

JK authorities withdrew security cover of five separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq:

Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Muhammad Yasin Malik were not provided any security cover by the state government.

Reacting to the Jammu and Kashmir authorities’ move, the Hurriyat Conference on Sunday said they had never sought security cover.

“The government had decided on its own to provide security to separatist leaders which was never demanded in the first place,” the Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in a statement.

“Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in fact said many times during his Friday sermons that he wanted withdrawal of the security cover.

“The decision to withdraw security will neither change the stand of separatist leaders nor affect the situation on the ground,” the statement added.

 

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