(CNN)Two 18-year-olds were publicly flogged Thursday in the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh for displaying affection.
Indonesian teens publicly flogged for cuddling
The college student and her boyfriend each received 17 lashes for publicly cuddling, which is a violation of the state's strict interpretation of Sharia law, according to a government spokesman.
The punishments were administered in front of a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh.
Video of the event shows a masked individual striking the two teenagers, one after the other, across the upper back in front of a crowd, members of which were taking cellphone videos.
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