The Punishment For Gay Sex In Indonesia Is Now 100 Lashes

The law “outlaws anal sex between men and ‘the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation.'"

Thanks to a new law in the Indonesian province of Aceh, participating in gay sex is now punishable by up to 100 lashes followed by imprisonment lasting up to 100 months.

Homosexuality is not even illegal in Indonesia, but Aceh is taking advantage of its right to govern itself after an agreement was made in an effort to stop a separatist movement in the country.

The Muslim province is now the only one allowed to implement Sharia law, and uses it to benefit their conservative views.

“The law is to safeguard human dignity. It is to protect Aceh’s Muslims from committing immoral acts,” provincial Sharia chief Syahrizal Abbas told the AFP news agency.

But human rights groups are naturally criticizing the law, calling it “cruel, inhumane and against the constitution.”

The lashings are performed in order to not only physically harm the accused party, but to publicly humiliate them as well.

Those hoping to avoid the pain can choose to pay a big fine of 1,000 grams of fine gold.

h/t: Towleroad 

 

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