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Indonesia could ban Grindr, is considering whether to ban gay sex entirely

Indonesia could ban Grindr, is considering whether to ban gay sex entirely
Photo: Twitter – An International Day Against Homophobia event in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2015

Indonesia could ban Grindr and other gay dating apps as it considers whether to make same-sex sexual activity illegal entirely.

Police issued a statement calling on the government to ban 18 pro-gay apps from the country after exposing an alleged ‘gay prostitution ring’.

Even though Facebook was the way these men operated, it is not on the list of 18 apps that could be banned in the southeast Asian nation.

‘We have requested the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to follow up on the findings,’said Himawan Bayu Aji of the National Police cyber-crime unit in a statement Thursday.

Police claimed to have broken up a gay prostitution ring with ‘148 victims’, including 27 teen boys aged between 13 and 17.

The Jakarta Globe reported police contacted the suspects through Facebook, attempting to set up dates. And then once the three suspects were arrested, one of their iPads was searched, where police found Grindr and other gay apps.

Indonesia is currently considering whether to ban gay sex entirely.

The country’s top court is looking at a judicial review, a case brought by a conservative Islamic group.

‘We see the moral degradation that is happening,’ Rita Hendrawaty Soebagio of Family Love Alliance told AFP. ‘This is purely because of our love for our nation, we must do something while we have a chance.’

The group is an offshoot of Nahdlatul Uluma who in February issued a statement it would not recognize the existence of LGBTI groups and their activities and homosexuality is ‘incompatible with human nature’.

Earlier this year, Indonesia’s leading psychiatric body classified homosexuality and transgender as ‘mental disorders’ that can be ‘cured’.

The defense minister has declared the LGBTI movement as ‘more dangerous than nuclear warfare’ while the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission has banned ‘gay propaganda’ and ‘effeminate males’ on TV.

 

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