Rights activists blast caning of Malaysian lesbian women

Members of Nepal's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community prepare for a gay pride parade in Kathmandu

Members of Nepal's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community prepare for a gay pride parade in Kathmandu

According to an official, this is the state's first conviction for same-sex relations and its first public caning.

Human rights and LGBT activists blasted the public whipping as a form of torture.

Human rights groups said it was the first time women have been caned in Malaysia for engaging in homosexual relations. "I have consistently repeated in Parliament that we do not support the promotion of LGBT culture in Malaysia", he said at the time.

"Repentance is the ultimate aim for their sin", Sinwan said. The state's Sharia high court sentenced them August 12 to six strokes of a cane for "sexual relations between women" and fined them the equivalent of about $800.

"This case demonstrates multiple failures in the justice system, the complicity and intention by the state to target and persecute already marginalised members of the community, and to create conditions for public acceptance of violent and humiliating treatment cloaked in the ironic language of "kindness" and 'compassion'. The Malaysian authorities must immediately repeal repressive laws, outlaw torturous punishments and ratify the U.N. Convention Against Torture".

Satiful Bahri Mamat, an official in charge of Shariah implementation, said the caning serves as a public reminder to Muslims against committing illicit sex acts, which he called a "cancer that can spread in society", MalayMail reported.

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This case demonstrates multiple failures in the justice system, the complicity and intention by the state to target and persecute already marginalised members of the community, and to create conditions for public acceptance of violent and humiliating treatment cloaked in the ironic language of "kindness" and 'compassion.' It sets a risky precedent for the increased policing of morality and sexual identities in Malaysia.

Lawmakers also joined in the chorus of condemnation.

It said that the the Federal Constitution recognises and protects human dignity. And that mercy is preferable to punishment, " opposition lawmaker Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted.

The country operates a dual-track legal system and Islamic courts can handle religious and family matters for Muslim citizens, as well as cases such as adultery. "We really need to make sure that no one is publicly caned. due to their sexuality", he said.

Concerns have been mounting in recent weeks in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic country where some 60 percent of the population is Muslim, about a deteriorating climate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa has spoken out against bullying and said Islamic authorities should end their focus on arresting transgender women for "posing as a female".

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