For the first time, Malaysian authorities have caned three Muslim women
under Islamic law for acts of adultery, the Malaysian national news
agency Bernama said.
Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein announced the canings Wednesday,
saying the penalty was carried out February 9 at a women's prison near
"It is hoped that the issue will not be wrongly interpreted to the
extent of tarnishing the sanctity of Islam," he was quoted as saying.
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