Malaysian model sentenced to public caning for drinking alcohol
Corporal punishment sucks. I don’t know why we still live in a world that thinks beating people with canes is a good idea for offences as innocent as having a bit of alcohol. Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno is a model in Malaysuia who had the bad fortune to be drinking a beer at a local nightclub, and a judge has sentenced her to be flogged with a rattan cane. In case you are like me and have no idea what the hell a rattan cane is, here’s the Wikipedia entry:
The flexibility and durability of rattan canes make them an effective instrument for inflicting disciplinary pain. A rattan 4ft long (1.2 m) and half an inch thick is used for judicial corporal punishment in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. It is soaked in water before use to make it heavier and even more whippy. This punishment is delivered to the offender’s bare buttocks. It was a rattan (not bamboo, as widely misreported) that was used for the caning of Michael P. Fay in 1994. It is also used to discipline recalcitrant soldiers in the Singapore Armed Forces.
They wet it before whipping you with it? Sadistic bastards! In any case, Kartika is going to have to bear the pain of this stupid punishment for the crime of enjoying herself by having one beer. One stupid drink, can you believe it? They don’t usually give this kind of punishment to women, but because of her high profile, the judge felt he could make an example out of her by doing this barbaric act in public. Obviously, he’s a great guy, and his country sounds like a swell place to have a bachelor party…