Two women in Comoros detained on gay sex charges after marriage bid

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06/09/2024

Police in Comoros detained two women on charges of engaging in same-sex sexual activity after they asked an Islamic preacher to marry them, a public prosecutor said. Gay sex is illegal in Comoros, a Muslim-majority archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean which has a population of 870,000. Public prosecutor Ali Mohamed Djounaid said the women were being held in pre-trial detention at a prison in the capital, Moroni, after a court appearance in which they were charged with having “unnatural sex”. “They are accused of acts that are contrary to good morals and against nature,” Djounaid said. If convicted, the two women who are aged 22 and 25 could be jailed for up to two years, he added. It was not immediately possible to reach a lawyer representing the women.

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