The Jan. 13 picture of the Acehnese woman being caned (flogged) in Indonesia was very disturbing. I had just read "Price of Honor" (a New York Times notable book) by Jan Goodwin that spells out the role of women in Islamic-controlled countries. The picture raised many questions in my mind which were not answered by the caption:
Did she violate the dress code? Did her head scarf slip revealing her natural hair? Did she commit adultery? Was she raped?
Was she given a virginity test? Did she not have money to pay a fine? Did she serve alcohol at a party?
How many lashes did she receive? Was she to be jailed following the flogging? Does she have children? If so, were they in the crowd?
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And where was Human Rights Watch?