"Moderate" Muslim Country Celebrates Valentines Day by ..... Arresting Unmarried Couples

In keeping with Stable Hand's Valentine's Day theme, here's the latest news from Malaysia:

Authorities in Malaysia arrested 26 unmarried Muslim couples in hotel rooms during Operation Valentine - aimed at curbing illegal premarital sex in this conservative country, an officer said Monday.

The couples, most under 30 years old, were detained for sharing rooms early Sunday in the beachside town of Kuantan in eastern Pahang state, said Badaruddin Ahmad Bustami, enforcement assistant director with the state’s Islamic department.

State authorities carry out raids each year on Valentine’s Day in this Muslim-majority country, where sharia laws make it illegal for unmarried Muslims to meet behind closed doors, Badaruddin said. Doing so constitutes a crime known as “khalwat,” or “close proximity,” which carries a maximum fine of 1,000 ringgit (US$280) and up to six months in prison.

I guess it could be worse. They could stone the women to death.

Posted by: Rusty at 05:46 PM

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