KOTA BARU: Many women in Kelantan, especially the young ones, are welcoming the punishment meted out to a lesbian couple, aged 22 and 32, in Terengganu yesterday.
The couple, from Dungun, each received six strokes of the rotan after pleading guilty under Section 30 of the Syariah Criminal Code Enactment (Takzir) (Terengganu) 2001 read with Section 59(1) of the same enactment to musahaqah (sex between two women).
Besides serving as a lesson for lesbians, they said it would also open the eyes of the people of the world to the country’s religious enforcement.
Nurul Naiesha Azhan, 25, said the punishment would strike fear in other lesbian couples and stop them from continuing with their immoral behaviour.
“The religious authorities in other states should follow the example set by the Terengganu Syariah High Court so that other lesbian couples will be fearful of punishment if they commit such immoral acts,” she said.
(From left) Ardila Sharinni Wahid, Nor Ain Ibrahim and Nurul Naiesha Azhan.
Saleswoman Nor Ain Ibrahim, 25, said she did not know that lesbian couples were punished that way.
“I just realised that there are such sentences for lesbian couples,” she said.
“For me, the punishment must be done as a lesson to other lesbian couples.
“I also hope the religious authorities in Kelantan will follow Terengganu’s move.”
Housewife Ardila Sharinni Wahid, 30, said she hoped that all lesbian couples would repent .
“With such punishment being carried out, the world will seen Malaysia as a country that is very strict in enforcing punishment for Muslim offenders,” said the mother of four.
“This will not only reflect the country’s good Islamic image, but also will bring up Malaysia’s name like other Islamic countries.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd