A young Indonesian couple accused of extramarital sex were dragged into the street by a furious mob, who poured buckets of sewage over them as 'punishment'.
Shocking video footage shows the couple crouched down next to an open sewer while member of the mob fills bucket after bucket, pouring the contents over them.
The incident took place in Langsa, a city in Indonesia's AcehThe couple, reportedly in their 30s have only been identified by their initials TSF and DK.
TSF is reportedly the head of Langsa city's Regional Development Planning Board, and the woman in the video his employee.
The local Islamic Sharia Agency Heaf, Ibrahim Latif, told reporters: 'So the culprit (TSF) often went to the house of the woman, according to locals.
'Maybe, after a long time of peeping on them, the locals got angry because they were deemed to have engaged in immoral acts.
'The locals were angry because when the couple was interrogated they could not keep their answers straight. It has become a norm in villages like that.'
Latif added that TSF had tried to calm the angry mob by showing them a certificate that showed he and DK had performed a 'nikah siri' - a religious marriage - but the mob questioned its validity and went ahead with their punishment regardless.
Both the man and the woman have since been taken into custody by religious police who will investigate if the marriage certificate is authentic.
If the certificate is found to be fake, the pair could be given additional punishment by being publicly caned, as is written in the province's religious bylaws.
It is not known if the mob who carried out the degrading acts against the couple will face any punishment.
Aceh is the only region in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, which imposes Islamic law.
The province started using religious law after it was granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.
Public flogging is a common punishment for a range of offences including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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