In a totally flip from my last post, here is a story coming out of Indonesia.
Human rights campaigners have denounced the public caning of two men who were convicted of having sex.
The punishment of the two men, aged 20 and 23, for having consensual sex in private was watched by more than a thousand people in a courtyard outside a mosque in Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to follow Shariah law.
It was the first time people had been caned in the region for homosexuality.
The crowd cheered, shouted insults and filmed on their mobile phones as the men were caned 83 times each across the back by a team of five hooded and robed men.
The two men were due to be caned 85 times each, but were spared two lashes after spending time in prison. “What they have done is like a virus that can harm people's morale,” said Sarojini Mutia Irfan, a woman university student who attended the caning. “This kind of public punishment is an attempt to stop the spread of the virus to other communities in Aceh.” The couple were arrested in March after they met at a rented flat in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, and were unaware that they were being followed.
Three hours after they entered the flat, neighbourhood vigilantes burst inside the building to catch them having sex.
A Shariah court handed down their sentence on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and despite international appeals to spare the couple.
The maximum penalty was 100 strokes but prosecutors asked for 80. A compromise was reached as the two men were deemed to be co-operative, polite and had no previous convictions.
One of the men wept as the verdict was read out.
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