Prosecutors ask judge to lash men arrested for being gay in Indonesia

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An Indonesian Sharia policeman whips a man and 35 others during a public caning punishment at a Mosque in Meulaboh on the west coast of Aceh province on February 12, 2016. Aceh is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim country that is allowed to implement Islamic Sharia law. AFP PHOTO / Chaideer MAHYUDDIN / AFP / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN (Photo credit should read CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Indonesian men arrested for having gay sex have been told that the appropriate punishment for them would be public lashing. Two Indonesian men arrested for having gay sex have been told defending themselves without an attorney and heard a conversation between prosecution and the judge from which i is clear that prosecutors demanded the defendants to be lashed. If sentenced to endure lashes, the defendants would become the first to undergo the punishment for gay sex in Aceh. The law put into place in the region two years ago allows for up to 100 lashes for ‘morality offences’. It is the only part of Indonesia that considers gay sex a crime due to the Shariah law. While homosexuality has never been illegal in Indonesia, attitudes towards LGBT people have become steadily more extreme in recent years despite a growing gay population. The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association classifies homosexuality, bisexuality and being transgender as health disorder

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