Thursday 20 July 2017

Two men publicly caned in Indonesia for having consensual gay sex

An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta
An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta
An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta
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Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province have been publicly caned for consensual gay sex, a punishment rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture".

Hundreds packed the courtyard of a mosque to witness the caning on Tuesday, which was the first time that Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practise shariah law, has caned people for homosexuality.

The men, aged 20 and 23, were arrested in March after vigilantes broke into their rented room to catch them having sex.

A shariah court last week sentenced each man to 85 strokes.

Heterosexual couples also were caned on Tuesday, for affection outside marriage.

Indonesia's LGBT community has been under siege in the past year.

An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta
An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Prejudice has been fanned by stridently anti-gay comments from politicians and Islamic hard-liners.

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