Malaysia mulls conference on caning women

A husband sits with his four wives in Malaysia, where three Muslim women were recently caned for having illicit sex. (AFP)

Malaysia is considering organising an international conference on caning women under Islamic law, an official says.

Malaysia caned three Muslim women for illicit sex earlier this month in the first such punishment ever, sparking debate in the Muslim-majority country, which is deemed as moderate.
 
Womens' Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil says she will seek Cabinet approval to hold a conference to discuss whether caning of women under Shariah law is the norm in Islamic countries.
 
Shahrizat said in a statement seen Tuesday that she plans to invite ministers from Muslim-majority countries, academics and religious experts to exchange experiences.
 
Rights groups have slammed the caning. The government has insisted it is a good lesson and doesn’t cause physical harm.
 
 
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