Two Indonesian Gay Men Caught Having Sex Face 100 Lashes- And We Have The Video
Two men in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province each face up to 100 strokes of the cane after neighbours reported them to sharia police for having gay sex.
Marzuki, the sharia police’s chief investigator, said on Saturday that residents in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, reported the men, aged 23 and 20, to police on March 29.
He said the two men had “confessed” to being a gay couple and this was supported by video taken by a resident.
Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia to practise sharia law, which was a concession made by the national government to end a years-long war with separatists.
A sharia code implemented two years ago allows up to 100 lashes for morality offences, including gay sex.
Deutsche Welle reports below:
Residents caught the men having sex on March 28 in a rented room in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, an official at the provincial public order department told the German press agency DPA.
The men – aged 23 and 20 – were reported to the police on March 29, Marzuki said. He added that the men had “confessed” to “being a gay couple.” This was supported, he said, by video footage taken by a resident showing one of the men naked and distressed as he calls for help on his cellphone. The second man is repeatedly pushed by another man who is preventing the couple from leaving the room.
Under the code, sex out of wedlock is punishable by up to 100 strokes of the cane. An earlier version of the code did not regulate punishment for gay sex.
Check out the disturbing video refeered to in the reports: