Malaysian women caned for attempting to have sex

Two women in Malaysia have been caned in the sharia high court in the state of Terengganu for attempting to have sex in a car.

Members of the pubic were present in the court at the time the sentence and punishment was carried out.

LGBT+ activists have said that this is the first time two women have been subjected to this punishment for attempting to have sex.

All same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia.

In a statement on its website, Amnesty International Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Amnesty’s Malaysia researcher said:

“This is a terrible day for LGBTI rights, and indeed human rights, in Malaysia. To inflict this brutal punishment on two people for attempting to engage in consensual, same-sex relations is an atrocious setback in the government’s efforts to improve its human rights record.

“The caning of the two women is a dreadful reminder of the depth of discrimination and criminalisation that LGBTI people face in the country. It’s a sign that the new government condones the use of measures that amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, much like its predecessor.”