Police in West Java, Indonesia have created a new taskforce to monitor LGBTI people.
West Java is one of the most populated provinces in Indonesia with about 47 million people living there.
Its head of police, Anton Charliyan told media on Tuesday about the plan to set up the taskforce.
Speaking in one of the major cities, Bandung, he said gay people had a ‘disease of the body and soul’ and ‘will not be accepted in society’.
‘I hope there are no followers in West Java, no gay or LGBT lifestyle or tradition,’ he said.
‘If there’s anyone following it, they will face the law and heavy social sanctions.’
Charliyan said the unit would include police, army and provincial officials. Their role will be to keep an eye on look for places where LGBTI people might be having parties.
The situation worsens
His comments come just days after two men were caned in Aceh for having gay sex and 141 men were detainded at ‘gay party’ in Jakarta.
Last month 14 men were arrested in Surabaya and were forced to take HIV tests. Their photos and information were made public.
Indonesia’s leading LGBTI organization, Arus Pelangi, said the West Java’s police taskforce was unlawful.
‘Police have a mandate to follow the law. They are not the morals police,’ Yuli Rustinawati, Arus Pelangi’s chairperson told Reuters.
With the exception of Aceh, homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia.