Gay couple face 100 lashes each for breaching sharia law
Back in 2014, Indonesia’s Aceh province approved a law known as qanun jinaya which punishes people for having sex outside marriage with up to 100 lashes with a cane.
Now it’s being reported that a couple face 100 lashes each after neighbours reported them to the shariah police for having gay sex.
Officers said the men, aged 20 and 23, were reported to police by residents in the Rukoh area of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, on March 29.
Marzuki, the chief investigator, said the two men had “confessed” to being a gay couple and that this was supported by video footage taken by a neighbour.
Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia to practice shariah law, after a concession made by the national government to end a years-long war with separatists.
Qanun jinaya also mandates punishment for adultery, gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers. The photo used above shows a young man being caned for gambling.
Marzuki said residents in Rukoh were suspicious of the two men because they often seemed to be intimate, and had set out to catch them having sex.
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.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but a judicial review being considered by the Constitutional Court is seeking to criminalise sex outside marriage and sex between people of the same gender.
Earlier, it was reported here that the mainly Muslim southern Russian republic of Chechnya had rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three have been killed.
Which is rather odd given that Chechnya has no homosexuals, according to Ali Karimov, spokesman Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who said:
It’s impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic. If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.
Hat tip: Antony Niall (Aceh report)