An angry mob dragged a young couple into the streets and poured buckets of sewage on them as punishment for allegedly having sex outside marraige.
The incident happened in Aceh province of Indonesia and the couples are reportedly in their 30s.
The couple, who are 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 is his employee.
Ibrahim Latif, the local Islamic Sharia Agency Heaf, told reporters that TSF often went to the house of the woman.
He said: “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 mob down by showing a certificate that proofed he and DK had performed a ‘nikah siri’ (a religious marriage ) but the mob doubted its validity and went ahead with their punishment .
The couples are now in religious police custody where investigation into the authenticity of the marriage certificate will be investigated.
If they found out the certificate is fake, the pair could be given additional punishment by being publicly caned, as is written in the province’s religious bylaws.
Public flogging is a common punishment in Aceh province of Indonesia.