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Kasepekang is a punishment under Balinese customary law. The persons (or entire families) subject to it are shunned by their local community.[1]

It is the most severe sentence imposed by traditional authorities such as village councils, which also impose lesser sanctions such as fines or public shaming. According to a 2010 New York Times report describing the increasing importance of customary law in Indonesia since 1998, "in a society where the entire cycle of life and religion is tied to ancestral villages, kasepekang is likened to a social and spiritual death sentence."[1]


  1. ^ a b Belford, Aubrey (12 October 2010). "Customary Law Revival Neglects Some Balinese". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 October 2010.