The conservative Islamic province of Aceh in Indonesia will move all its canings behind closed doors. Canings are a common punishment for crimes ranging from adultery, theft, gambling and homosexuality. The world’s attention focused on the province last year when thousands of people gathered to watch the two men convicted of homosexuality get caned 82 times. But Aceh’s authorities announced the corporal punishment will happen away from the public eye in future. From now on authorities will cane criminals inside a prison and not in a public square as had been the usual practice.
April 16 / Gay Star News