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Fri, Jul 24, 2009 11:34:43
Muslim model gets punishment of six strokes of cane for drinking a beer

A 32-year-old Muslim woman, a model, was sentenced this week to six strokes with a rattan cane for drinking a beer in a nightclub.

Word of this event, reported by the Associated Press in Australia and picked up The Huffington Post, comes from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Consuming alcohol is a religious offense in Malaysia only for Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the population, reports say. Offenders are prosecuted in Shariah courts, which handle cases mainly related to family and moral issues for Muslim reported the Baltimore Sun.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was sentenced Monday to six lashes and a fine of 5,000 ringgit ($1,400) for consuming alcohol.

Earlier news sources reported the woman would appeal the sentence. But yesterday the blog  Nuraiana A. Samad's 3540 Jalan Sudin said the woman had decided not to appeal.  There seemed to confusion, however, over who would strike the blows. Technically, she has to be in prison to be caned. She is not in prison.

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