The impact of Islam’s legal code, sharia, is evidenced in a region of Indonesia where several individuals have recently been beaten for infidelity. The laws concerning personal behavior and legal consequences beckons to an age 1400 years ago, when a thief could have an arm severed tor stealing, or a woman beaten for appearing in public without her hijab on.
To the sensitivities of the modern mind such barbarous punishments may trigger a gag reflex. But, as it is with an abusive spouses, forgiveness is seen as an open invitation to another beating. When the status of a gender is preached as inferior, female genital mutilation and public beatings become commonplace public events. A flock of Muslim magpies are pictured below.