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In a horrifying new report out of Indonesia, 12 trans women were arrested before police shaved their heads, dressed them up in men’s clothing and paraded them around the village. Sources say the Indonesian transgender women fought and cried while being transported to the police station.
Local Indonesian news site Coconuts reports that early Sunday morning, sharia police and a group of civilians in North Aceh arrested the 12 trans women — referred locally as waria, a combination of the Indonesian words for woman and man — during what they called a “operasi penyakit masyarakat“ or “community sickness operation.”
North Aceh Regency Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata said that the 12 women had been taken to a local police headquarters where they would receive coaching “until they really become men.” Untung said the women had their heads shaved and were given men’s clothes. He said pornography had been found on some of their phones, which the police would use as evidence.
“In addition, the officers also nurtured them by way of having them run for some time and telling them to chant loudly until their male voices came out,” Untung said as quoted by state news agency Antara.
Another source said that the trans women fought and cried while being transported to the police station. He said pornography had been found on some of their phones, which the police would use as evidence.
The police chief said the operation was to prevent the increase of the LGBT population in the area as it was considered dangerous to Indonesia’s next generation. He said it had also received the blessing of the Islamic scholars also known as ulama.
Indonesia seems determined to turn its island paradise into an anti-LGBT hell hole. After publicly humiliating 141 men arrested in a gay sauna, the capitol city started an anti-LGBTQ police force, the government proposed a law to ban all LGBTQ TV content, the Air Force called LGBTQ identity “a mental disorder,” the country tried to shut down an international gay sporting event and one region in particular continues to cane homosexuals.
Also, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Informatics recently asked the Google Play Store to block Indonesians from downloading nearly 70 LGBT social networking apps.