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Indonesia gay couple caught having sex will be caned 80 times

Public caning in Indonesia's Aceh province
Public caning in Indonesia's Aceh province
Father promises to send gay man to Islamic boarding school so he 'won't be deviant any more'

Two gay men caught having sex by a mob will be caned 80 times in Indonesia.

The pair, both in their early 20s, were found in bed together by a vigilante group of thugs who had broken in.

The police said they found condoms in the home which allegedly ‘proved their homosexuality’.

Prosecutor Gulmaini Wardani said the couple will receive 80 lashes of the cane for gay sex – the punishment of a ‘first offense’.

The father of one of the defendants, who requested anonymity, said he did not know his son was gay before he was caught.

‘This is an ordeal for our family,’ he said, according to AFP. ‘After this problem is resolved, we will send him to an Islamic boarding school to be educated so he won’t be deviant any more.’

Indonesia’s Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) has slammed the Qanun Jinayat arguing it could provoke discrimination and over-criminalization of LGBTI communities and other vulnerable groups.

‘The state has gone too far by interfering on the private affairs of its citizens and making their personal matters a public affair,’ the ICJR said in a statement.

‘This will eventually lead to discrimination and injustice against vulnerable groups, including LGBT [lesbian,gay,bisexual,transgender] communities.’

In Aceh, where Sharia law is implemented, homosexuality can be punished with death.

The Indonesian government has yet to respond to a letter from the United Nations, written in April last year, expressing concerns about the abuse of LGBTI people in Aceh.

Source: Gay Star News, Joe Morgan, May 10, 2017

⏩ Related: Online petition to President Joko Widodo: Demand Indonesian President Revoke Punishment on Gay Men (via Care2 Petitions)

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