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Home of 'lesbians' raided by police because they 'don't fit norms of society'

Their neighbors said they made them feel restless and the women didn't fit in with the 'norms' that 'exist in our society'

Home of 'lesbians' raided by police because they 'don't fit norms of society'
Two women whose home was raided by police. | Photo: Warta Kota/Budi Sam Law Malau

Indonesian raided the home of two alleged lesbians in the city of Depok near the capital Jakarta.

The Civil Service Police Unit (Depok Satpol PP) raided the home of the women after neighbors ‘to ensure they are not a lesbian couple’.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, which is the world’s largest Muslim nation.

Depok Satpol PP Deputy Yayan Arianto said police were monitoring the women after people’s ‘observations’ suspected them of being lesbians. Yayan told local media neighbors were worried about the ‘spread of LGBT’ in the community.

‘They just lived alone there,’ Yayan told Warta Kota.

‘Some residents around, confessed they were uncomfortable and restless [with the women], because this is not in accordance with the norms that exist in our society,’ said Yayan.

‘Therefore they went to us for information, and to prevent unwanted things.’

Gay Star News has chosen not to name the women aged 43 and 35. But local media published their names and address.

LGBTI police taskforce

Depok is a satellite city 24 miles (40 kilometers) Jakarta and in February announced it would set up a taskforce to monitor and police LGBTI people.

The city is following a national trend of increasing persecution of the LGBTI community.

In Jakarta, Depok and West Java hundreds of allegedly gay men have been detained on anti-pornography laws.

Government officials in Jakarta also admitted it has started rounding up trans people and throwing them into social housing for being ‘social misfits’. The trans people will only be released if they promise not to ‘reoffend’ and are forced to live in their gender assigned at birth.

In September last year, 12 women were forced out of their homes in Tugujaya village after locals reported ‘lesbian couples’ living together.

Despite once being an LGBTI tolerant nation, Indonesia has engaged in a crackdown of the community in the past two years.

The House of Representatives will soon debate amendments to the Criminal Code which would criminalize homosexuality.

Human rights advocates and Southeast Asian leaders have condemned the crackdown and moves to criminalize LGBTI people.

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