Imagine if a group of Christians, or any group other than Muslims, did this. The outcry would be immediate, immense, and international. There would be commissions and studies about how Christianity inspires people to be brutally and intransigently self-righteous, and warnings to people to leave Christianity for their own sake. But no one will take any particular note of this. And here again we see Islamic morality: a young couple being alone together is haram. But brutalizing and humiliating them is pleasing to Allah. In this we glimpse one reason why Muslim spokesmen in the West are so virulently rude and discourteous to their intellectual opponents: contempt and hatred for those who get out of line is inculcated into people in Islamic societies.
A video has emerged of a group of people in a village in Indonesia dragging a young man and his girlfriend out of his home, forcing them in front of a sewer drain and then dumping waste water on their heads. This public humiliation took place on March 7 in the Indonesian province of Aceh.
The two victims were accused of being alone together in a room despite being unmarried, which is forbidden by sharia law, an Islamic law code which is enforced in Aceh, a northern province on the island of Sumatra. While an official morality police force called the Wilayatul Hisbah is responsible for enforcing these laws in the region, it is often civilians who take it upon themselves to enforce them.
Several men used smartphones to film the public humiliation that took place in Kayee Lee, a village in the administrative subdivision of Ingin Jaya. The footage shows a young man wearing jeans and a brown T-shirt sitting in front of a sewer drain with his head bowed. Next to him sits a young woman wearing a headscarf and clutching a pink bag. The crowd heckles the two victims.
“What you did is against Islam! This should serve as a lesson for you!” some shout.
Then, one of the young men in the crowd dumps a bucket of wastewater on the couple (photo below).
When the police arrived on the scene a few minutes later, they let the young couple wash off in a nearby stream, then brought them to the police station where the morality police are headquartered.
When questioned by the local press, Ingin Jaya’s Chief of Police, Nazarul Fitra, said that the girl, who is 18, went over to her boyfriend’s house, who was home alone. The neighbours thought they were probably there to have sex outside of marriage and forced them out of the house.
The chief of police said that the couple were taken to the headquarters of the morality police, who will carry out an investigation to determine if they did engage in the crime of “promiscuity”. In Aceh province, this crime (known as khalwat) is punishable by 100 lashes with a cane and a fine equivalent to 150 grams of gold or, if they can’t pay, 15 months in prison….