Two men publicly flogged under Sharia law in Indonesia for having gay sex

Gay sex is not illegal elsewhere in Indonesia and Aceh is the only region in the world's biggest Muslim nation that imposes Syariah law.

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A gay couple were flogged in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province Thursday (Jan 28), justice officials said, in a public spectacle lambasted by human rights groups.The two men were whipped nearly 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed in Aceh province under local Islamic law.The pair, who were not identified, winced in pain and pleaded for the whipping to stop, as a masked officer beat their backs with a rattan stick.

The punishment was briefly halted and the men, both in their twenties, were allowed a drink of water before it continued.The mother of one man fainted at the sight of her son being whipped.

Gay sex is not illegal elsewhere in Indonesia and Aceh is the only region in the world’s biggest Muslim nation that imposes Syariah law.In Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, public flogging is a common punishment for a range of offences that include gambling, drinking alcohol and adultery.

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