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The modalities of the joint task force were discussed between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Indonesian counterpart on September 5 even as two Indian warships paid a visit to the Sabang port on the mouth of the vital Malacca Straits.(HT image)

India, Thailand, Singapore’s trilateral naval drill this month

Singapore | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 05:53 AM IST
The trilateral exercise could turn multilateral with India hoping that navies from Malaysia and Indonesia would join next year. More than half the world’s shipping trade is conducted through the Malacca Straits.
An Indonesian woman is whipped by a member of the Sharia police in public in Banda Aceh on March 20.(AFP Photo)
An Indonesian woman is whipped by a member of the Sharia police in public in Banda Aceh on March 20.(AFP Photo)

5 unmarried couples whipped in public in Indonesia for behaving amorously

Banda Aceh (Indonesia) | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 06:47 PM IST
The five couples flogged Thursday received between four and 22 strokes from a rattan cane outside a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, after they served several months in prison.
People use their mobile phones to take pictures as a Sharia law official whips a woman who is convicted of prostitution during a public caning outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.(AP Photo)
People use their mobile phones to take pictures as a Sharia law official whips a woman who is convicted of prostitution during a public caning outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.(AP Photo)

In Indonesia, couples caned in front of crowd for public shows of affection

AP, Aceh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 12:08 PM IST
The caning last year of two men for gay sex before a baying mob drew attention to Aceh’s increasingly harsh implementation of Sharia law and a wave of condemnation.
Secular Indonesia is predominantly Muslim but ultra-conservative Aceh is the only province to follow sharia, or Islamic law, and criminalise gay sex.(Representative image)
Secular Indonesia is predominantly Muslim but ultra-conservative Aceh is the only province to follow sharia, or Islamic law, and criminalise gay sex.(Representative image)

Four detained in Indonesia’s Aceh for alleged gay sex, face 100 lashes

Reuters | By Reuters, Banda Aceh
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 05:48 PM IST
Indonesia’s parliament is currently debating revisions to the national criminal code that could criminalise all sex outside marriage, including same-sex relations. Many believe the new rules could be used to unfairly target the LGBT community and other minority groups.
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