Six gay men will be imprisoned, fined & whipped for ‘attempting’ gay intercourse

A caning sentence being carried out in Banda Aceh, 19 September 2014

Five men in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur have been sentenced to jail, fines and caning after they allegedly attempted to have gay sex in an apartment complex.

An Islamic court in southwest state of Selangor handed four of the men six-month jail sentences, six cane strokes, and fines of RM 4,800, ($1,164). A sixth man received a seven-month jail sentence, six cane strokes and an RM 4,900 fine ($1,188).

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The sentencing has alarmed local activists like Numan Afifi, who attended the court hearing. Afifi says the sentencing will add to a “culture of fear” following the publicly caning of two women punished for “attempting lesbian sex” in 2018.

“It’s a gross injustice and terrible for our country,” Afifi said.

Persecuting gay people is a troubling trend in Malaysia

Malaysia offers zero protections for its gay, lesbian, and bisexual citizens and same-sex sexual encounters there are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, fines and whippings. While these punishments were once considered rare, anti-LGBTQ sentiment has recently increased in the Asian country…

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