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Women caned in Indonesia for selling food during Ramadan

BANDA ACEH, Friday 1 October 2010 (AFP) - Two women were caned in Indonesia's staunchly Muslim Aceh province on Friday for selling food during the fasting hours of Ramadan, an official said.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch as Murni Amris, 27, received three lashes and Rukiah Abdullah, 22, received two at a mosque in the city of Jantho, southeast of the provincial capital Banda Aceh.

"The two women were found selling rice in a stall at noon during Ramadan. The sharia forbids selling food during fasting hours at Ramadan," Aceh sharia police head Marzuki Abdullah said.

Amris owned the foodstall where Abdullah was selling the rice.

Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, is one of several areas of Muslim-majority Indonesia where Islamic sharia laws have been adopted.

Muslims are supposed to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan, which straddled August and September this year, but there are exceptions in cases such as illness or pregnancy.

MySinchew 2010.10.01

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