2 Men Publicly Flogged ’82 Strokes Each’ In Indonesia For Having Gay Sex

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2 Men Publicly Flogged '82 Strokes Each' In Indonesia For Having Gay Sex

Cheers and applause went up from a crowd gathered outside a mosque in the city of Banda Aceh, capital of the conservative province of Aceh, as religious police in Indonesia caned two men for gay sex on Tuesday.

The accused stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their backs with a cane – inflicting 82 lashes on each of them – as hundreds of people watched the punishment ordered by an Islamic court.

The duo, aged 20 and 23,  who were found in bed together by vigilantes who entered their private accommodation in March, stood quietly, their heads down, as spectators heckled them and shouted insults.

Gay sex is not illegal in most of Indonesia but it is in Aceh, the only province which exercises Islamic law.

It is the first time gay men have been caned under Sharia law in the province. The punishment was delivered outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

At least eight other men and women were caned for other offences ahead of the punishment of the two found guilty of having gay sex.

Police separated men and women in the crowd as proceedings began, with 10 men in brown robes and hoods preparing a bundle of canes in case any broke during the flogging.

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