A woman was supposed to caned in Malaysia in Monday as punishment for drinking beer, authorities have decided to postpone the caning until after the holy month of Ramadan.
The 32-year-old mother of two, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukamo, has been the newest example to many civil rights groups who feel that Islamic laws are taking over the traditionally lenient country. Despite the rights groups concerns, Kartika has accepted her consequence.
In a court early Monday, it seemed as though she had been freed when a court order to have her transported to the prison where would have been caned was ruled invalid by an Islamic judge.
According to Reuters, moments later, the woman was released from the transporting vehicle in eastern Malaysia where she was busted for consuming alcohol. An offense she’s admitted to and opted to be caned in public.
“The punishment has not been canceled, it was postponed because of Ramadan,” Pahang state Executive Councillor for Religion, Missionary Work and Unity, Mohamad Sahfri Abdul Aziz, said.
Ramadan, which started in Saturday, is a time of religious fasting and reflection for followers of the Islamic faith that lasts a month.
Kartike, who admitted to drinking the beer in a hotel in Pahang in 2007, said she will accept her punishment and wishes to be treated fairly.
“I am shocked but I remain steadfast with my decision,” Kartika, told reporters after the state announced it would push ahead with the caning.
“All I want now is to know my true situation and do not treat me like a football,” said Kartika who had worked as a nurse in Singapore until her trial.