Shah Alam (Malaysia), Sep. 18 (ANI): Following the whipping episode of the Malaysian model who was sentenced for drinking beer, an unmarried couple is now being subjected to the controversial canning sentence under the country's Sharia law for trying to have sex.
Mohammad Shahrin Abd Majid, 29, and his lover Nadiah Najat Hussin, 24, pleaded guilty to attempting to have sex in a car, were fined 5,000 ringgits or 12 months' jail and ordered to be caned six times each, the New Strait Times Online reports.
Both Shahrin and Nadiah have paid the fine. On Wednesday, the Sharia High Court of Shah Alam granted a stay on the caning pending an appeal following an application by the couple's counsel.
The Court has also advised both accused to marry as soon as possible.
The couple had claimed that they were to be engaged soon, and scheduled to be married in February next year.
"You are still young... after Hari Raya seek consent from both your parents to marry," he said.
Shahrin and Nadiah would be sent to prison in order to receive the caning if their appeal gets dismissed.
Earlier, former Malaysian model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno hogged the international headlines when she was sentenced for canning under Sharia law for drinking beer at a nightclub. (ANI)