Two men may get 100 lashes after gay sex in Indonesia

On Apr 9, 2017 DW reported: Two men may be in line for up to 100 lashes of the cane after being caught having sex in Indonesia’s Shariah-ruled province of Aceh. The province is the only one allowed to impose Shariah after a change in the law. If found guilty, two men from the Indonesian province of Aceh who were discovered having sex together will be the first to be caned for gay sex under a new code implemented two years ago, Marzuki, the Shariah police’s chief investigator, said on Saturday.

“Based on our investigation, testimony of witnesses and evidence, we can prove that they violated Islamic Shariah law and we can take them to court,” said Marzuki, who goes by a single name.

The new code allows up to 100 lashes for morality offenses including gay sex, adultery, gambling, drinking alcohol, the wearing of tight clothes by women and skipping Friday prayers in the case of men.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but a judicial review being considered by the Constitutional Court is seeking to criminalize sex outside marriage and sex between people of the same gender.

Read more at: Two men may get 100 lashes after gay sex in Indonesia | News | DW.COM | 08.04.2017

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