Nearly a year after 140 lesbian men were arrested in a raid of an Indonesian” sex party ,” police in Aceh have arrested 12 transgender ladies, shaved their brains, and forced them to wear men’s clothing.
BBC News reports that the transgender girls will be held for three days in a” conversion therapy “ process designed to “de-transition” and force them to act like humen, putting all 12 at risk of further triggering their gender dysphoria.
” We are holding them for three days to give them counseling and coaching ,” Ahmad Untung Surianata, a local police chief, said to the BBC.” It’s going well and now they are all acting like real humankinds .”
The 12 transgender females were arrested in a police raid called ” Operation Anti Moral Illness ,” which was instigated from nearby neighbors claiming that transgender people had a” negative influence” on children, BBC News reports.
Aceh, which runs under provincial Shariah laws permitted by Indonesia, has become” increasingly conservative ,” according to the BBC. And while it’s not inevitably illegal to be transgender, LGBTQ rights remain highly stigmatized and targeted by both local citizens and authorities.
Outside of Aceh, Indonesia has a varied LGBTQ history, and the Indonesian National Commission of Human Rights expresses support for the nation’s queer community. The committee had now been blamed police and the raid, underlining the fact that the 12 wives did nothing illegal.
” After assuring photos of the raid and the information we have received in so far about the raid, it’s clear that they contravened the police code of conduct ,” Commissioner Beka Ulung Haspara explained to BBC News.” The job of the police should be to protect people, especially the vulnerable .”
” All citizens deserve protection and to be treated equally ,” Haspara argued.