Many of you remember the 2004 tsunami that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province, killing over 300,000. What many of you probably don’t remember is that Western nations sent well over $2 billion to help the stricken region recover.
In spite of Indonesia being the most heavily Muslim populated nation on the planet, Muslim nations sent slightly less than $1 billion.
Regardless of Christian nations giving to the people of Aceh at more than a 2:1 rate from their own Muslim brethren, the people of Indonesia’s easternmost area are adhering to their Islamic belief in what could best be described, with a vengeance.
As reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) via Yahoo News, the provincial capital city, Banda Aceh is proud as a peacock in regards to their all-chick sharia enforcement goon squad, officially known as the Sharia Implementation Unit.
Armed with rather sturdy rattan canes, it turns out that one of the head honchos assigned as the city government’s Sharia police chief investigator has taken quite a shine to a rookie cop’s technique when it comes to laying-out the beatdowns.
Specifically, AFP noted;
The masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes — proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia’s Aceh province.
The new recruit initially needed some coaxing to punish the offender — an unmarried woman caught in a hotel room with a man.
Such behaviour constitutes a morality crime in Aceh, the only region in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law — known as Sharia. Those found guilty of breaches are often publicly whipped with a rattan cane.
But despite her reticence, she persevered and delivered her first flogging.
“I think she did a good job. Her technique was nice,” Banda Aceh Sharia police chief investigator Zakwan, who uses one name, told AFP.
Enforcement too has increased and now Aceh says it’s trying to follow Islamic law, which calls for women to whip female perpetrators. This is already what happens in neighbouring Malaysia.
But convincing women to participate has been no easy task, and it’s taken years to assemble the first female squad, according to Safriadi, who heads provincial capital Banda Aceh’s Sharia Implementation Unit.
Eight women — all Sharia officers — agreed to be floggers and were trained in the appropriate technique and advised how to limit injury.
Previously, a dozen men performed all the whippings in the city for an unspecified fee.
For security reasons, Aceh officials declined to let AFP speak with the floggers, who are outfitted in cloth masks and loose fitting brown uniforms to hide their identities.
“We train them to make sure they’re physically fit and teach them how to do a proper whipping,” Zakwan said.
But the secret for any whipping is getting past the mental hurdle of lashing fellow citizens.
For that, you need to look to God, Zakwan said.
“It’s kind of an indoctrination that we give to them so they have a better understanding of their role — have no mercy for those who violate God’s law’, he added.