A Malaysian model has been spared the wrath of rod – but only until the end of the month – before she has to face a public flogging for violating strict Muslim laws.
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, admitted drinking alcohol at a hotel bar two years ago, fined $1,400 and sentenced to six strokes with a rattan cane.
The punishment should have been executed yesterday but Malaysian Islamic authorities delayed the sentence until the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy period of fasting which ends at the end of this month.
Ms. Shukarno accepts her fate and chose to have her caning carried out in public, but observers feel the sentence is too harsh. They have called on the Malaysian government to reconsider their action.
Is drinking beer in a public hotel a “crime” that deserves such a strong punishment? Where’s the leniency you would normally expect from so-called people of God?