John M. Becker

100 Lashes for Gay Sex in Aceh, Indonesia

Filed By John M. Becker | October 07, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Aceh, caning, corporal punishment, Indonesia, Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, radical Islam, sharia, Sharia law, sodomy law

sharia-caning-indonesia.jpgRemember that proposed Islamic law in Indonesia's Aceh province that would punish gay sex with 100 lashes of the cane? Yeah, that passed.

GlobalPost's Patrick Winn reports:

In Aceh, the most orthodox corner of Muslim-majority Indonesia, gay sex is now punishable by 100 lashes. On a public stage. By a cane-wielding figure clad head-to-ankles in dark brown robes (with a yellow decorative fringe).

The sting of a rattan cane is only part of the punishment. Aceh's officials admit the primary objective is shame. That's why they invite crowds to jeer and gawk and excitedly count off the lashings meted out to men and women accused of petty crimes.

Sound archaic? That's the point... under a newly revised interpretation of Shariah law in Aceh, gay sex is now explicitly criminalized and punishable by 100 lashes or 100 months in jail.

Of course, as with most religious laws, this barbaric new law in Aceh contains a loophole: gays and lesbians caught in the act can avoid the caning and the jail sentence for the low, low price of 1,000 grams of pure gold (which costs approximately $39,000).


Photo credit: AP | Heri Juanda

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