Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno with her son and daughter
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A Malaysian Islamic court has upheld the caning sentence for a Muslim woman convicted of drinking beer at a hotel, local media reports have said.
If the punishment is carried out, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, a 32-year-old mother of two, will become the first Muslim woman to be caned in the country.
She had originally been due to be caned late last month, but at the last minute the sentence was put on hold during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. At the time the government asked the Sharia High Court Appeals Panel in Kuantan, the capital of the eastern state of Pahang, to review the verdict.
But late on Monday a chief judge with the court announced that the sentence would be upheld…
Kartika, a former nurse turned part-time model, was sentenced in July to six strokes of the cane and a fine of $1,400 for drinking beer in 2007 at a beach resort…
Malaysia has a large Chinese and Indian community, but uses a dual-track legal system where sharia courts can try Muslims for religious and moral offences under Islamic law.
Alcohol is widely available in the country but is forbidden for the majority Muslim community, who make up just over half the population.
Are there any organized religions that have made it into the 20th Century – much less the 21st?
BTW – she pleaded guilty and wants the caning to be public as a warning to other Muslims.