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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday denounced the caning of two Muslim women for attempting **** sex, a sentence that sparked outrage and raised fears about the treatment of the ****, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The women had pleaded guilty to charges under Islamic laws forbidding **** sex. They were caned on Monday in front of dozens of people at a sharia court in Terengganu, a conservative state in the east, prompting an outcry from human rights activists, who described the punishment as torture.
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Mahathir’s government has appeared divided about the LGBT community, while the premier himself had been silent on the caning and recent attacks on transgender people and marginalized groups in the Muslim-majority country.
In a video posted on his Twitter account, Mahathir said the caning “did not reflect the justice or compassion of Islam”.
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It was the women’s first offence, he said, which warranted a lighter sentence, such as counseling.
“This gives a bad impression of Islam,” the 93-year-old leader said. “It is important that we show Islam is not a cruel religion that likes to impose harsh...
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