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caning

n. a punishment for crimes employed in certain Asian countries (notably Singapore) even for misdemeanors (lesser crimes) in which the convicted defendant receives several lashes with a flexible "cane" meted out by a husky and skilled whipper. Such corporal punishment so far is unknown in the last century in the United States.

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Caning may not always work and exclusion shouldstill be in used but in most cases I think the threat of the cane is enough to make you think twice.
The caning, however, has raised new questions about whether a state religious court can sentence women to be caned when federal law precludes women from such a punishment, while men below 50 can be punished by caning.
News of the women's caning sparked public outrage, with lawyers and rights groups on Thursday blaming the government for allowing it.
Ragunath Kesavan, president of the Malaysian Bar, said it was worrying that the punishment had gone ahead even as the caning issue was being hotly debated by Muslim scholars, religious groups and human rights activists.
London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Malaysia to end a caning "epidemic", saying the women's case was "just the tip of the iceberg".
13 (ANI): The caning sentence of the Malaysian 'whip-for-drinking-beer' model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno has not been carried out as a doubt (syubahah) was raised on the implementation.
Presenting the Fay caning as an appropriate punishment lacks drama.
Robyn Connor, eight, of Bootle, said: ``I think caning is horrible and I am glad they don't do that any more.