Gay men and women living in Indonesia's Aceh province are facing being publicly lashed 100 times under a proposed bylaw backed by politicians.
Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, the Banda Aceh Deputy Mayor, is calling for brutal bylaws against gay people city adherence to sharia law. Djamal, who has called homosexuality a social disease that should be eradicated, has complained police are unable
to punish gay people under current rules.
Gay rights advocates have slammed the proposed bylaw, calling it a move backward for civilization . We're living in 2013, not in the Middle Ages, said Hartoyo, secretary-general for Our Voice, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
advocacy group. Hartoyo said:
People are born as transgenders and homosexuals. What's the reason to punish them? Punishing them means she could not appreciate God's creations.