KARAI, Malaysia – Officials say the caning of a Muslim model who was apprehended for drinking beer has been postponed until after the Islamic fasting month.
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno originally had been scheduled to enter a women's prison Monday before being lashed six times with a rattan cane some time this week.
However, Mohamad Sahfri Abdul Aziz, a legislator in charge of religious affairs, says the caning will be carried out after the current Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It began Saturday and will end in mid-September.
He says the decision was made at the last minute for compassionate reasons on the advice of the Attorney General's office.