100 lashes (or 100 months in jail) for gay sex in Indonesian province

indonesiaSeptember 27, 2014 – Reported by RT.com – Lawmakers in an Indonesia province have passed a harsh anti-gay sex law which will subject violators to public caning and force the regions non-Muslim population to adhere to their interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

The 69-member Aceh provincial assembly passed the measure unanimously, following hours of debate on Saturday. The measure was voted on before a new 81-member regional parliament takes over in Aceh province next week, lawmaker Mahyaruddin Yusuf from the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party told AP.

According to the law, anal sex between men is punishable by up to 100 lashes, 100 months in jail or a fine of 1,000 grams of gold. Women who are found guilty of “rubbing” their bodies against each other for “stimulation” can also be subjected to public flogging.

The law doesn’t mention other sex acts, prompting speculation that the legislation was either poorly thought out or that local clerics considered them acceptable.

Aceh is the only Indonesian province that practices Sharia law and has enforced Islamic punishment for a number of offenses. People convicted of adultery, gambling and consuming alcohol already face caning. Women can also be flogged for skipping Friday prayers or wearing tight clothing.

Amnesty International says at least 156 people have been caned in Aceh since 2010 for violating Sharia law…

via 100 lashes (or 100 months in jail) for gay sex in Indonesian province — RT News.

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