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2 Men Flogged 83 Times Each for Gay Sex in Indonesia

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Two, yet to be identified men, aged 20 and 23, were on Tuesday, flogged in front of a mosque in Indonesia’s Aceh province for engaging in gay sex.

The duo were caught in bed together during a raid by vigilantes sometime in March 2017.

According to CNN, rights groups claimed the vigilantes barged into their room and started filming them naked as they begged for help.

The duo were found guilty of violating Aceh’s strict Islamic laws and were sentenced to 85 lashes. The lashes were then reduced by two because they had already served two months in prison.

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

The beatings began at 9 a.m. local time and finished four hours later. They were canned alongside four other couples who were found guilty of being intimate outside marriage.

A large crowd of observers cheered as the caning took place. “Let this be a lesson to you,” one of the men watching cried out. “Do it harder,” another man yelled.

Speaking to BBC’s Rebecca Henschke, one of the men, who was kicked out of medical school following the discovery said: “I just want the caning to be over and to go back to my family, I have been deeply depressed. I am trying to pull myself out of a deep black hole,” he said.

This is the first time the province is punishing people for gay sex. It was in this same province that 13 people – seven men and six women aged between 21 and 30 – were caned at a mosque for sexual misconduct such as “being too close to her boyfriend,” spending time with a woman at a hidden location that could lead to adultery, and breaking Islamic laws on intimacy, such as touching, hugging and kissing, between unmarried people.

8 Comments

  1. Darius

    May 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Homosexuality is a white man’s disease! It’s spreading pretty fast because a lot of people, particularly Africans, see the whites as demigods. The day the white man accepts polygamy, incest, bestiality and pedophilia as cool, that’s the day Nigerians will begin to see these things as cool. We always take our cue from the whites.

    The funny thing is – I don’t white people getting influenced by our culture. They don’t like our food, they don’t fancy our customs and traditions, they don’t give their kids African names; they don’t do African fashion, they are not too keen about African movies, our artist have been trying to penetrate the western market for God knows how long, too no avail. Not that our cuisines, art, music, culture, etc. aren’t good oh! They’ll never glorify anything African because they see us as inferior.

    Tell me one thing Africans like that the whites are also crazy about? Nada! Nada! NOTHING!

    As bad as female genital mutilation is, the day the white man accepts it as normal( though it’ll never happen), that’s the day Africans will begin to revive the practice. Aren’t we tired of playing second fiddle?

    All in the name of civilization, Nigerians are beginning to accept homosexuality as the norm. Why can’t westerners legalize polygamy? Why aren’t they using African fabric and wearing agbada? Why aren’t they eating our delicacies? Why don’t they like our movies and music?

    Thank God countries around the world are trying to preserve their culture and kick out immoral western values. Not everything western is bad, but let’s learn to pick and choose.

    • truth

      May 23, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Who ever you are, God go dey bless you everyday…fantastic write up…the youth these days want to accept anything, they do not know the implication..they will regret it 2moro when they canot do anything about it

      We need to set up a police to deal with issue of lesbian and homosexual…a lot of people do not know the wives and husbands they are marrying…but if we kick it out…we will have ourselves to praise

      The white man needs to apologies to all race for what they have done and promise to respect other race…Europe that is doing follow follow for america will suffer it

    • Lotanna

      May 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

      The earlier you come to realise that homosexuals are here to stay,the better for you.
      We have always been here,from time immemorial.Take your time to read African history and get enlightened.

      P.S:look around your family,you will have one gay person there

  2. Lady d

    May 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    The no. Of cane giving was too small ( my belief) , atleast whenever they remember that …the evil spirit that is trailing this generation and about to destroy it will have no options than flee from them. I wish Nigeria will adopt more means(severe) of punishing offenders .

    • Udegbunam Chukwudi

      May 23, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      I’m sure your vagina is tear rubber

  3. Lotanna

    May 24, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This is absolutely barbaric.I am even tired of educating homophobes.Homosexuality is not ‘something'(how i hate to even call it that) you exorcise people from.Nobody chooses to be gay,not with the pain and backlash that you know you’ll face.
    BORN THIS WAY!

  4. Es

    May 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I just want to know how they came up with the 83 number in the first place. Is there a standard number of canes per sin?

  5. Ethio

    May 24, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Tell me you chose to be Nigerian knowing fully well what a mess it is. who in his right senses would CHOOSE to be gay being aware of all the extreme derisions that come with it and if given a choice?

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