Deux lesbiennes ont été battues en public dans le Terengganu, le deuxième État malaisien à appliquer la syariah (plus précisément, une partie du droit qui suppose des châtiments corporels, j’ai oublié le nom mais c’était le gros débat en 2014 quand c’est arrivé dans le pays). Quelques coups de canne symboliques, l’essentiel étant d’humilier. Ça marche, et pas que pour les deux femmes en question. Hier j’étais en compagnie de lesbiennes malaisiennes (le groupe le plus mixte que j’aie vu ici, Malaises, Chinoises, Chindians et même trois mat salle comme moi) et elles étaient au fond du trou. Déjà au printemps un collab gay (et militant) de ministre a perdu son job dans une campagne de dénigrement. Et cet été deux portraits ont été « auto »-censurés dans une expo sur les Malaisien.nes au motif qu’une trans et un gay (sur des dizaines de portraits), c’est pas très malaisien. Et fin août, ce truc d’Arabes (pardon pour l’expression mais vu d’ici, l’idée de frapper des gens en public ressemble vraiment à l’importation de traditions allochtones et on en parle dans ces termes). Peut-être que dans la nouvelle Malaisie, un peu plus ouverte qu’avant l’alternance, les choses vont changer. L’espoir de ces femmes, c’est que tout ça occasionne une prise de conscience. Et déjà, le Premier ministre condamne au moins l’affaire du Terengganu.
Women caned in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex | World news | The Guardian
Two women found guilty of attempting to have sex have been caned in Malaysia’s conservative north-eastern state of Terengganu, in the first punishment of its kind.
The two women, aged 22 and 32, were caned six times each in the Terengganu sharia high court just after 10am, after the sentence was read out.
The caning was carried out in the courtroom and was witnessed by up to 100 people, including the public.
While women in Malaysia have been caned for sexual offences in the past, such as adultery, rights activists say this is the first time two women have been caned for attempting to have sex.
Malaysian PM says caning of lesbians counter to ’compassion of Islam’ | Reuters
Mahathir’s government has appeared divided about the LGBT community, while the premier himself had been silent on the caning and recent attacks on transgender people and marginalized groups in the Muslim-majority country.
In a video posted on his Twitter account, Mahathir said the caning “did not reflect the justice or compassion of Islam”.
It was the women’s first offence, he said, which warranted a lighter sentence, such as counseling.
“This gives a bad impression of Islam,” the 93-year-old leader said. “It is important that we show Islam is not a cruel religion that likes to impose harsh sentences to humiliate others.”
Traduction : ça fait mauvais genre, on aurait pu se contenter de les envoyer en thérapie. Plus courageux, les député·es de sa coalition.
’We need to grow up’ : Malaysian MPs condemn caning over lesbian sex | World news | The Guardian
A Malaysian MP has called for laws that criminalise homosexuality to be immediately abolished amid outcry over the caning of two women convicted by a sharia court of attempting to have lesbian sex.
Charles Santiago, a parliamentary member from the Malaysian state of Selangor, expressed his outrage in a series of tweets after the punishment was carried out in the Terengganu court on Monday morning.
That two women were caned while “100 people gawked at them” in the public gallery of the court was shocking and humiliating, he wrote on Twitter.
Women caned in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex
“We need to stop targeting the LGBT community. We need to stop invading their privacy. We need to stop abusing them. We need to grow up as a society and learn to embrace diversity,” he wrote.
Santiago said the government was “voted in on the premise of inclusion” and must therefore repeal all laws criminalising homosexuality without delay.
His anger was echoed by other politicians. Khairy Jamaluddin, the MP for Rembau, criticised the punishment on his Twitter account, saying: “Islam teaches us to look after the dignity of every human being.”
“Mercy is preferable to punishment.”
Hannah Yeoh, a member of parliament for Segambut, reacted to the punishment with the statement: “Education doesn’t work this way.”
Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and punishable under a colonial-era sodomy law that carries a 20-year prison sentence, while strict Islamic laws that apply to Malaysian Muslims, but not people from other religious backgrounds, prohibit sexual relations between women.
How public caning is performed in Terengganu
The cane is to be made of rattan or a small branch twig that does not have segments or joints.
It should not exceed 1.22 metres in length and 1.25 centimetres in diameter.
What are the rules for performing the caning?
The convict must be dressed in accordance with religious rules (hukum syarak). If the convict is male, he receives the caning while standing. If the convict is female, she will be seated.
The official who carries out the caning is to lash the convict with “moderate” strength and without raising the cane above his head to avoid injuring the convict’s skin. The cane must also be raised upward after each lash instead of being pulled away.
The official may hit any part of the convict except the face, head, abdomen, chest, and genitals.