In photos: Indonesian men caned for gay sex in Aceh

UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2017 12:26 AM IST 9 Photos
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An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Aceh was granted special rights to introduce its own conservative Sharia laws more than a decade ago and strict laws against homosexuality came into effect in recent years. Gay sex is not illegal in most of Indonesia but it is in Aceh, where perhaps for the first time gay men have been caned under Islamic law in the province. (REUTERS)

An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Aceh was granted special rights to introduce its own conservative Sharia laws more than a decade ago and strict laws against homosexuality came into effect in recent years. Gay sex is not illegal in most of Indonesia but it is in Aceh, where perhaps for the first time gay men have been caned under Islamic law in the province. (REUTERS)

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Two Indonesian men, who were later sentenced to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together, are escorted by police into an Islamic court in Banda Aceh. (REUTERS)

Two Indonesian men, who were later sentenced to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together, are escorted by police into an Islamic court in Banda Aceh. (REUTERS)

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The punishment was given outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. (Reuters)

The punishment was given outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. (Reuters)

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The couple were arrested in March after neighbourhood suspected them of being gay and broke into their rented room to catch them having sex. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN /AFP)

The couple were arrested in March after neighbourhood suspected them of being gay and broke into their rented room to catch them having sex. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN /AFP)

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An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex. (REUTERS)

An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex. (REUTERS)

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Muslim women observers cheered as the caning took place. (AP)

Muslim women observers cheered as the caning took place. (AP)

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Syariah policemen hold an Indonesian man after public caning . Caning is also a punishment in Aceh for gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers. (Beawiharta / REUTERS)

Syariah policemen hold an Indonesian man after public caning . Caning is also a punishment in Aceh for gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers. (Beawiharta / REUTERS)

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The pair, aged 20 and 23, were found guilty of having broken sharia rules in conservative Aceh province the only part of Indonesia that implements Islamic law . (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

The pair, aged 20 and 23, were found guilty of having broken sharia rules in conservative Aceh province the only part of Indonesia that implements Islamic law . (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

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Indonesian women hold smartphones as they watch a man publicly caned for having gay sex. (REUTERS)

Indonesian women hold smartphones as they watch a man publicly caned for having gay sex. (REUTERS)

UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2017 12:26 AM IST
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