Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno is a Muslim model in Malaysia. She drank some beer in a hotel lobby and, under Muslim law, she will be caned. See update below. See 4-1-10 update below.
Ms. Shukarno is sentenced to 6 lashes with a rattan cane. Amnesty International tried to rescue her from the lashings but Kartika says:
I want to respect the law.
She is 32 years old and the mother of two. She wants her caning in public.
…Miss Shukarno has even asked for the caning to be carried out in public to send a clear message to Muslims that they should shun alcohol.
The prosecutor said that consuming alcohol is a very serious offense. Her “cane” will be lighter than a cane used for men, and the prosecutor says the lashes are intended to “educate,” not “punish.”
Caning, administered on the buttocks, breaks the skin and leaves permanent scars. Kartika said earlier that she wanted authorities to cane her as soon as possible so she can resume her life with her husband and children.
Two-thirds of the Malaysian population are said to be Muslim., but beer and alcohol being present in the country is not against the law. Perhaps this form of “evil” brings in big revenue through taxes, as it does in the U.S. or perhaps non-Muslims drink a lot.