Two university students in Indonesia have been arrested by police for being gay. The homosexuals took pictures of themselves kissing, and posted the X-rated photos on Facebook to prove their love.
The gay couple, a 22-year-old university student and his 24-year-old boyfriend, were arrested on the island of Sulawesi after some homophobic Facebook users who saw the pictures reported them to police.
“With my dear lover tonight. May our love last forever,” was the caption of their Facebook post which displayed the romantic pictures.
The indecent pictures were quickly removed from the social media on instructions from Indonesia’s communication and information technology ministry.
Both lovebirds were arrested but later released on bail, pending court trials.
According to a report from Pink News, police in the city of Manado said the couple could be prosecuted under the country’s laws against ‘obscenity and pornography’, despite homosexuality not being illegal.
“The couple admitted it’s them in the picture and they posted the picture to prove their love,” the local police spokesman Marzuki told AFP.
There are wide claims of anti-LGBT attacks spreading through the country, and the recent arrest of two university students confirms homosexuality is not yet accepted in Indonesia.
A rep for the country’s president said: “Rights of citizens like going to school and getting an ID card are protected, but there is no room in Indonesia for the proliferation of the LGBT movement.”
Pink News confirms Indonesia’s first Muslim transgender boarding school was forced to close last week after being branded ‘immoral’.
To confirm that the LGBT community has no room in the country, a bill to ban homosexuality was proposed by the chairman of Indonesia’s House of Representatives Commission.
Mahfudz Siddiq, the commission chairman referred to LGBT as a matter of “national security”, the report confirms.
Siddiq told the Jakarta Post: “LGBT issues can damage national security, identity, culture and the faith of Indonesians.”