Two men received 83 lashes with a cane in Indonesia’s ultra-conservative Aceh province today for the crime of having consensual sex in the privacy of their home.
The men, aged 20 and 23, became the target of vigilantes when in March neighbors barged into an apartment, harassing the men, filming them with the intention of shaming them publicly.
This is the first incidence of gay men being caned under Sharia law in the province.
The public torture began at 9AM local time today and ended four hours later.
Throughout the punishment, locals cheered the canings.
One of the men was in his final year of medical school, but his hope of becoming a doctor is gone now. The school has kicked him out.
The student told the BBC, “I just want the caning to be over and to go back to my family, I have been deeply depressed. I am trying to pull myself out of a deep black hole.”