‘People are afraid’: Gay caning stokes fear in Malaysia’s LGBT community

151111150521-malaysia-flag-exlarge-169Source: CNN
By Euan McKirdy, CNN

(CNN)Two gay women have been caned in Malaysia amid a worsening climate for LGBT individuals in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation.

 

The punishment of the two unnamed women took place Monday morning in Terengganu, a state to the east of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, according to rights campaigner Thilaga Sulathireth. The state is governed by Sharia law.
Each woman was lashed six times after being caught attempting to have sex in a parked car. They were also required to pay a fine of 3,300 ringgit ($800).
Sulathireth, who witnessed the caning along with around 100 other people, told CNN that it was a “public caning to all intents and purposes,” and that one of the judges had said it was the first time a punishment of this kind had been open to the public.

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