But in an example of how divided activists and some government officials are, Terengganu Bar Council Chairman Sallehudin Harun said he was impressed with the caning and said it puts the shariah court in a "positive light".
Muslim Lawyers' Association deputy president Abdul Rahim Sinwan said unlike caning under civil laws, the punishment under Islamic laws isn't painful or harsh and was meant to educate the women so they will repent. "Malaysia must end the use of caning and repeal the laws that impose these torturous punishments completely", she said.
Wanita MCA chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie, as quoted in The Star, said the public caning punishment violates the Federal Constitution, in which Section 289 of the Criminal Procedure Code states that women are exempted from public caning.
Ahead of the punishment, Gwen Lee, Amnesty International's Malaysia head, slammed the punishment as "cruel and unjust".
Two Malaysian Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws for attempting to have sex were caned on Monday, Reuters quoted government officials as saying.
"While Suhakam is aware that the law provides for punishment by caning, the court ought to have exercised judicial discretion, in accordance with principles of compassion, mercy and human dignity in Islam".
Human rights groups said it was the first time women have been caned in Malaysia for engaging in homosexual relations. "The caning of the two women is a terrible reminder of the depth of discrimination and criminalisation that LGBTI people face in the country", the non-governmental organisation said.
Earlier last month, a minister ordered that portraits of LGBT activists be removed from a public exhibition.
Authorities have said the police action was carried out to "mitigate the LGBT culture from spreading into our society".
The case has not only prompted outrage among rights organizations, it has also cast a spotlight on what activists say is an increasing climate of hostility and discrimination against the LGBT community in Malaysia.
The Swiss maestro broke the Frenchman's serve again, however, in the 11th game en route to clinching the first set. It was then that Lahyani climbed down from his chair at the changeover and advised Kyrgios to show more interest.
Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura warned that miscalculations may occur, leading to an "unforeseen escalation". On Thursday the Kremlin called Idlib a hotbed of terrorists and said not tackling the problem was not a good option.
Zidane, meanwhile, is now out of work after resigning as Real Madrid boss after the end of last season. The former Chelsea boss said that last season was successful, even if he did not win any silverware.
Franklin also sang at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. "This is something that I'll be in history", she told AFP. Ranked the best singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2008, Franklin received many accolades over the years.
Madison Keys eased into the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova. She still and looked tired to start the second, leaning on her racket between points while falling behind 2-0.
While VHA is now Australia's third-largest mobile operator, TPG is one of the country's largest internet service providers. One of Australia's most acquisition-hungry telcos, TPG, is to merge with mobile carrier Vodafone Australia .
The sheriff's department said the alleged gunman shot by deputies was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Commentators could be heard screaming " there's gunfire at the track " as the race took the place.
But Ronaldo's reunion can't be dismissed as the 33-year-old tries to win the Champions League for a fourth year in a row. Ronaldo, who was at United between 2003 and 2009, joined Juve for £99.2m in July after nine years at Real Madrid .
In a "bombshell" release, The Star reports that Trump actually refuses to compromise at all with Canadian officials. Canada's Chrystia Freeland said in a briefing Friday afternoon that a "win-win-win agreement is within reach".
Air Macau cancels two flights due to Typhoon Jebi
As the typhoon lashed Shikoku and the Kii Peninsula, evacuation warnings and advisories were issued in many areas. The Tokyo metropolitan area may see strong winds, though the typhoon is unlikely to pass close to the capital.
Myanmar: 7 Years for Reporting the Truth
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Ronaldo Jr dazzles on Juventus debut
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Gerrard in a rage as Celtic claim Old Firm win
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Blue Jays trade Donaldson to Indians
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Khalil Mack reportedly dealt to the Bears
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USA to stop aid to Palestinian refugee agency
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At Least 7 Dead Following Bus Crash in New Mexico
The crash forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the interstate and traffic was backing up as travelers were being diverted. According to the Greyhound's bus tracker , this bus made a quick stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Elk City just two days ago.