A young woman accused of having extra-marital affair was brought to the public stage in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and forced down on to her knees by two guards. A masked man then repeatedly canes her across the back as she clenches her fists and appears to bite her veil while receiving her punishment. The woman can also be seen crying out in agony, and after the punishment is over, she has to be led away on a stretcher for treatment.
A public caning is just one of the punishments handed out to people breaking Sharia law in Banda Aceh, the only province in Indonesia, where it is still followed closely. Sharia law is the legal system of Islam which is derived from both the Koran and the rulings of the religion's scholars.
It acts as a code that all Muslims are adhered to live to, and includes rules of prayers, fasting and donations to the poor and covers both public and private behaviour.