2 Men in Indonesia Sentenced to Caning for Having Gay Sex

by Jon Emont (The New York Times)

Hotli Simanjuntak/European Pressphoto Agency


Two men accused of having sex with each other faced trial in a Shariah courtroom in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Wednesday. They were each sentenced to 85 lashings.


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Two men accused of having sex with each other were each sentenced on Wednesday to 85 lashes in public, the first case of people being punished for homosexuality in the Indonesian province of Aceh under a strict version of Shariah law.

The sentences alarmed rights activists, who called the punishment excessive and a dangerous turn of events in Aceh, a semiautonomous province that has imposed a strict version of Shariah, the legal code of Islam.

News reports said that vigilantes had caught the two men naked in bed and that the two had pleaded not to be reported to the Shariah police. The two were then beaten - an attack recorded on v