Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in conservative Aceh province, Tuesday, for playing a children’s entertainment game seen as violating Islamic law, VOA reports.
Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45, were flogged six and seven times respectively after being arrested for playing a long-standing game at a children’s entertainment complex that lets users exchange coins for prizes or vouchers, including cash.
The pair were accused of gambling. “This is to create a deterrent effect, in order for people not to repeat violations of Islamic sharia law,” Banda Aceh’s mayor Aminullah Usman said.
“We purposely do it in front of the public… so it won’t happen again.” About 300 spectators jeered the gambling-accused duo as they were whipped outside a mosque. “You are old, show remorse,” the crowd screamed