A bizarre situation took place in Sudan when an Islamic court ordered a married couple with two small children to receive 100 lashes for committing adultery.
The problem started when the Sharia court nullified the couple’s marriage because the Muslim husband had become a Christian.
Since the court no longer considered the couple married, they were then charged with adultery, which has a penalty of 100 lashes under Sharia law.
Christian Post reports that the couple, Hamouda Tia Kafi, 34, and his wife, Nada Hamad Shukralah, 25, were both Muslims when they married in 2016.
The problem started after Hamouda converted to Christianity in 2021, followed by his wife. They both now attend a Baptist church.
This resulted in his wife’s brother bringing charges against the couple because of their illegal conversion.
Sudan, which is located in North-East Africa, has a population of 48 million people. Sharia law governed the country’s justice system between 2005 and 2019. That was abandoned after the country transitioned to a democracy after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.
Under the new constitution, the government banned ‘public’ floggings, and it also removed the apostasy law, which included the death penalty if a Muslim converted to Christianity.
Prior to its conversion to a democratic government, public floggings, and execution by crucifixion and stoning were allowed under Sudanese law.
Though the Sudanese constitution bans such practices as flogging, regional Sharia courts still wield considerable power in parts of the country.