A woman cried as she pleaded with a masked sharia officer to stop whipping her in a public ceremony in Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old woman, who was being punished for having pre-marital sex, was among three people who were publicly whipped 100 times.
Dozens of people watched as the two men and the woman were caned in a stadium in Lhokseumawe, some 170 miles from the provincial capital Banda Aceh.
Flogging is used as punishment for a range of offenses in the region at the tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage.
On Wednesday, the woman and her boyfriend, who is also 22, received 100 strokes each after they were caught having pre-marital sex.
The woman broke down several times due to the pain of the punishment, forcing the sharia officer to stop the canning until she was cleared to continue by a doctor.
A 19-year-old boy was also whipped with a rattan cane for having sex with a minor.
His white shirt was soaked with blood by the end of the thrashing.
The teen will now serve five years in prison, while the couple will walk free.
Fakhrillah, an official from the local prosecutor’s office, said the flogging was held inside a stadium to prevent children from watching.
Aceh is the only province in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law.
In December, two men caught having sex with underage girls were whipped 100 times each in Aceh.
Rights groups have slammed public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for it to end, but the practice has wide support among Aceh’s population