As a woman in India, if you had the misfortune of being caught with a glass of beer in a Mangalore bar, the self-appointed moral police, Sri Ram Sena, could assault you with impunity to protect "the Indian culture". The law, however, is on your side. Vote bank accounting may interfere with the enforcement of the law, but in these days of instant news reporting, it's a fair bet to expect that at the very least, the perpetrators will be charged. Not if you are in Malaysia, though.
An Islamic court in Malaysia has sentenced a Muslim woman to be flogged with a rattan cane for having a beer in a nightclub, a court official said Tuesday.
It is rare for a woman in Malaysia to be sentenced to caning — a punishment usually reserved for men in various crimes ranging from rape to bribery.
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was sentenced Monday to six lashes and a fine of 5,000 ringgit ($1,400) for consuming alcohol, said a Shariah High Court official who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to make public statements...
Consuming alcohol is a religious offense in Malaysia only for Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the population. Offenders are prosecuted in Shariah courts, which handle cases mainly related to family and moral issues for Muslims.
Most offenders are fined, but the law also provides for a three-year prison term and caning...
Ms. Shukarno must be grateful that she drank beer in this part of the "Muslim world" which shares with the civilized world the "principles of of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings" that are the hall marks of Sharia. The punishment would have been worse in some other parts of the "Muslim world", where they share a wider array of principles in common with the civilized world, barring the singular exception of the right to drink a glass of beer, of course!