April 1, 2010

Beer drinking model escapes caning in Malaysia

Posted: 08:14 AM ET

A Malaysian model who was sentenced last year to six strokes of a cane for drinking beer in public has had her sentence commuted, her lawyer said Thursday.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno will now instead be required to perform three weeks of community service - beginning Friday.

The sentencing drew headlines worldwide at the time and caused an uproar, with many citing it as an example of growing fundamentalism in the multiracial country

An Islamic court in the eastern state of Pahang fined Kartika $1,400 (5,000 Malaysian ringgit) and ordered that she be stroked with a rattan cane for drinking beer at a hotel bar in 2007.

The sentence was to have been carried out Thursday.

However on Wednesday night, the sultan of Pahang sent a letter where he commuted the woman's sentence, said Kartika's lawyer Adham Jamalullail Ibrahim.

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A. Smith, Oregon   April 1st, 2010 4:37 pm ET

As utterly medieval and bazaar as this story seems, this is routine and occurs everyday across Islamic ruled country's in the world. Namely, Muslim women are rounded up, beaten, caned, tortured and in some cases stoned and executed for offenses such as:

Wearing Makeup
Driving a Car
Carrying a bible
Carrying biblical literature
Walking alone
Wearing pants
Not wearing a veil
Saying NO to her husband
Refusing to have sex with her husband
Going to school
Teaching in a school
Medically treating a man
Listening to a western rock song

This is just a short list of real offenses that get women beat, tortured and murdered in the name of Islam everyday around the world. A full list would be incredibly large and still miss many offenses that only appear in the gutter imagination of the Muslim clerics, immans that seem to dearly love torturing Muslim women for non-crimes.

asdf   April 1st, 2010 5:41 pm ET

The only fact that even rates this story as news is the fact it occurred in Malaysia which is supposed to be more modern and less islamic. Obviously this is shifting in this country and like ever other islamic country I hope they don't mind the drop in wealth and influence. Islam was founded by a land pirate (caravan raider) who thought it was ok to have a 9 year old bride. Surprise surprise his religion causes misery.

Mitch   April 1st, 2010 5:50 pm ET

Why anyone would want to belong to such a backward, medieval bunch of troglodytes is beyond comprehension. I understand that the women have no choice, but one would want to believe that the better thinkers in power (all male of course) would gain some enlightenment.
There will be a major clash with these people at some point. I hope that we are ready to be as vicious and determined as are they.

Beth Blackman   April 1st, 2010 7:55 pm ET

Bizarre AND horrable.

Jack Wilson   April 2nd, 2010 7:51 am ET

After reading this one question should come to everyone's mind. Why visit such a backward and primitive country?

Ted   April 2nd, 2010 9:22 am ET

She is lucky she did not have a two martinis lunch.
She would have been "stoned" to death with empty gin bottles to teach her a lesson.

American Driver   April 2nd, 2010 12:25 pm ET

I'm not for the oppression of women but I can understand why they wouldn't want women driving vehicles. I know I dont want to see any woman behind a wheel of a car. Horrible thing to watch women drive, its like seeing a fat person in a bikini, its horrible to see yet you can't look away

Andy   April 2nd, 2010 1:08 pm ET

50 years ago these offenses would get women in the US beaten and tortured and we weren't a muslim country. All religion is the enemy of women, and fortunately we've somewhat recognized this in the US and changed our ways, but we've got some work do to. They will eventually do the same in Islamic countries as well.

Onionleroy   April 2nd, 2010 2:21 pm ET

Andy – really? What part of the US did that occur? I want take a detour next time I drive through...

A. Patriot   April 2nd, 2010 2:40 pm ET

No one should be surprised by this, afterall they murdered over 3,000 of my fellow Americans on 9-11. Torture is their version of Sesame Street. It's what they do!

Andy   April 2nd, 2010 5:00 pm ET

@Onionleroy – the part known as the "bible belt" and unless you have a dolorean with functional flux capacitor, I dont think you can drive through 1960's Alabama.

Chui   April 2nd, 2010 8:36 pm ET

Hey A. Smith Oregon,

Not that I condone such actions, but that is about exactly the British did to their women for hundreds of years till early 1900. To that end the American puritans were not any better. Far worst were the American slave owners in the South.

Expat American   April 3rd, 2010 1:10 am ET

A.Patriot: Please define 'They'. And do 'Muslim Americans' count as your 'Fellow Americans?
Thank you.

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