Kartika furore highlights rise of Islamic law

Modified 27 Aug 2009, 4:38 am

The dramatic case of a Muslim model who faces caning for drinking beer has highlighted concerns Islamic law is on the rise and that the nation's secular status is under threat.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, was arrested at a hotel nightclub and sentenced to six strokes of the cane last month, in a rare prosecution of religious laws that ban alcohol for Muslims.

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