Indonesia : Gay Couple Sentenced to 85 Lashes By Sharia Court

Aceh,Indonesia : A Sharia court in Indonesia’s Aceh province has sentenced two men to be caned in public for having Gay sex.

Aceh is the only Place in Indonesia where the Sharia Law is Implemented,There are Sharia Courts sentences people punishment who doesn’t obey sharia law such as alcohol consumption, production and distribution, gambling, adultery, certain intimacies outside marriage, and certain homosexual acts. Punishments include caning, fines, and imprisonment.

The Couple, aged 20 and 23, would each receive 85 lashes for having Sexual relations. One of the men cried as his sentence was read out and pleaded the judges for leniency. The chief prosecutor, Gulmaini, said they will be caned next week before the beginning of Ramadan on May 25.

The couple was arrested in March after Vigilantes in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, suspected the men of being gay and broke into their rented room to catch them having sex. A mobile footage that circulated online, which formed part of the evidence, shows one of the men naked and distressed as he made a phone call for help. The second man is shown to be continuously pushed by another man who is preventing the couple from leaving the room.

Lead judge Khairil Jamal said the men were “legally and convincingly proven to have committed gay sex.”

Gay sex is not illegal in the rest of Muslim-majority Indonesia and this is its first such conviction.

In April 2017,There were reports that Chechnya the Muslim Majority region of Russia is going to crack down gay couples and gonna serve them justice before the start of Ramadan,However The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied any such allegations made.

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