banda atjeh - Two men who were caught when they had sex were punished publicly on Tuesday in the Indonesian province of Atjeh. The masked men were given on a podium each 82 sticks, while hundreds watched. Many filmed the demolition with their smartphones, and images thereof were also streamed live to a larger audience.
Atjeh is the only province in Indonesia where, in addition to the national criminal code, there is also Islamic law. In Aceh, in the past, men and women who had unmarried sex were tortured in public, but on Tuesday it was the first time that gays were punished.
The police divorced men of women in the crowd who appeared. Ten men in brown robes with caps were ready with extra sticks in case of failure to break.
Eight other men and women also got sticks for other offenses before the two men were in turn. When it was over, they were helped by the schavot.