Malaysian women to be caned for indulging in lesbian sex

Two Malaysian women, aged 22 and 32, who were arrested this April by officers for indulging in lesbian sex will be caned ruled an Islamic Court on Sunday. The women were found in an objectionable position at a public place in northern Terengganu state.

Sharia forbids same-sex relations and the two will be caned six times each on August 28 and will have to pay up to 3,300 ringgit (Malaysian currency).

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Malaysia follows a moderate version of Islam but Terengganu is one of its most conservative areas. Muslims are 60% of the total population.

Many groups have lauded the sentence as it was considered to be a major sin.

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