Two Christians publicly flogged in Indonesia for drinking, gambling

Two Christian men were publicly flogged on Monday in Indonesia’s ultra-conservative Aceh province for drinking alcohol and gambling, in a rare instance of non-Muslims facing a punishment frequently condemned by rights groups. The caning comes less than two weeks after a male couple were flogged nearly 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law. On Monday, the two accused received 40 lashes each from a masked sharia officer who beat their backs with a stick. One of them, identified only as JF, said he chose flogging to avoid a criminal prosecution that could hav…

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