A group of men and women have been publicly lashed with a cane for having unmarried sex in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
Three women and 14 men arrested for a variety of sexual offences and gambling were caned in front of a mosque following Friday prayer.
Newly released photographs show women kneeling with their heads down and grimaces on their faces as they are lashed with a rattan cane for having unmarried sex.
The whole process of punishment was watched by guards and thousands members of the public.
Aceh province is the only one of Indonesia’s 34 provinces that imposed Sharia customs and laws in the most populous Muslim-majority nation in the world.
Adultery, homosexual acts, sex outside marriage, drinking alcohol, gambling and other offences are punisable with sentences handed down by Islamic courts, including public whipping.
Amnesty International has repeatedly called for an end to caning in province, saying it goes against international laws on torture and human rights, as well as Indonesia’s own constitution.