Model ready to be caned

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, on Wednesday decided that she will not appeal against her sentence.

However, her readiness to be the first Muslim woman to be caned under Section 136 of the Pahang Islamic and Malay Traditional Practices Enactment 1982 (amendment 1987) has posed a dilemma for the authorities tasked with carrying it out.

Only Muslim men have been caned so far.

Shukarno was sentenced to six strokes of the rotan (rattan cane) and a fine for drinking beer at a nightclub on Monday.

The mother of two from Sungai Siput, Perak state, is married to a Singaporean.

Shukarno wept in the court when the sentence was announced. Her lawyer Mohammed Zuki Che Muhamad Ghani said his client wanted the sentence to be carried out as soon as possible to allow her to continue with her life.

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