Malaysia: Two women were charged for lesbianism
The women were charged under Section 30 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (Takzir) (Terengganu) 2001 which was read together with Section 59 (1) for lesbianism.
The two women were also fined RM3,300 or four months’ jail, if they failed to pay the fine.
They were given the opportunity to appeal the caning sentence within 14 days but did not do so.
“We are aware that this was the first case for them and usually, in first cases, as the whole country knows, we advise and do not cane.
“This gives Islam a bad image,” said the prime minister.
Dr Mahathir said the court must consider all factors and situations before passing a sentence of such cases.
“That is why we feel that although there are cases like this, consideration should be given to special circumstances where we can impose a lighter sentence and advice,” he said.
Prime Minister’s office of Malaysia.