Plans for police action against the LGBT community in the Indonesian hometown of British serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga were condemned today by the human rights commission of his country.
Mohammad Idris, the mayor of Depok, ordered raids in the homes of gays after Sinaga, 36, was imprisoned for at least 30 years last week for 159 sex attacks on men, mostly in Manchester.
He said he wants officers to “prevent the spread of LGBT”, which he described as “deviant behavior” and “strengthen families and protect children.”
Idris also described the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as “victims” and announced that they would set up rehabilitation centers to help them become straight.
Human rights commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said: “The raids increase the risk of prosecution and other law-defying acts.”
Sinaga was imprisoned for at least 30 years last week for 159 sex attacks on men, mostly straight fellow students in Manchester.
Mohammad Idris, the mayor of Depok, ordered gay raids and announced rehabilitation centers to help them become straight
Sinaga hunted for drunk young men around night clubs near his flat in Manchester (above)
The committee also wrote to the local government of Depok, city in the metropolitan area of Jakarta
Homosexuality is not banned in most of Indonesia, except in Aceh province, where Islamic law prohibits same-sex relationships.
But the world’s largest Muslim nation with a majority of Muslims has increased hostility toward the LGBT community. 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term LGBT say they feel ‘threatened’ by the community and believe their religion prohibits same-sex relationships, according to a 2018 Survey.
The Oetomo, an Indonesian LGBT activist, said the community braced itself for hysteria over the Sinaga case.
A 22-year-old Indonesian student living in Depok, who identifies as bisexual and refuses to be identified, threw the mayor’s movement by saying it “violated private spaces” and was a waste of money.
PhD student Sinaga, described by a prosecutor as “the most productive rapist in British legal history,” focused primarily on heterosexual students he drugged and was convicted of 159 attacks, including 136 rapes, eight attempted rape and 15 indecent attacks against 48 victims.
Montana House on Princess Street in central Manchester, where Sinaga operated as a serial rapist
Sinaga (pictured above) pretended to be a good Samaritan and offered shelter to his victims
He also filmed some of the attacks and was convicted after four trials were held for more than 18 months.
The Sinaga case received widespread attention in Indonesia and made many in the already vulnerable LGBT community feel even more under attack.
Nearly Arus Pelangi, an LGBT lawyer group, reported more than 1,800 cases of persecution of homosexual Indonesians between 2006 and 2017 in September.
Usman Hamid, executive director of Amnesty International Indonesia, said: “This latest vicious campaign against LGBTI people must stop.
“Relations between same-sex people are protected by international law and there can be no reason for these hateful raids.
‘Criminalizing homosexuality is discriminatory and violates the rights to private and family life, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association.
“The authorities in Indonesia repeatedly launch humiliating actions against alleged same-sex activity and abuse laws against hanging out or public nuisance to harass and arrest LGBTI people.
“The Indonesian government must also repeal all laws that criminalize specific gender identities and expressions.”
Last week, Sinaga’s mother Normawati Depok said she still has trouble believing that her son was capable of such bad crimes.
“We are a good Christian family that does not believe in homosexuality. He is my baby, “she said.
On Sunday, a clubber revealed how he escaped Sinaga’s claws after being suspected because the serial culprit was sober at 4 o’clock.
Michael Crompton, 26, had lost his friends on a night out in Manchester and went to a takeaway restaurant to ask if anyone had a phone charger that he could borrow.
Sinaga invited Mr. Crompton to his one-bedroom apartment to use his charger, but he became suspicious when the pervert offered him drinks twice, even though he himself was sober.
Mr. Crompton, from Whitefield, Greater Manchester, said The sun: “I thought he was a little weird when he approached me.
‘He seemed really sober for a man in a takeaway at 4 o’clock offering strangers to go to his flat.
The two went to his flat where Sinaga offered his potential victim a drink, which he refused. Moments later, Sinaga offered him an opportunity, which Mr Crompton also rejected.
“I said” No, “and then he said I could stay the night if I wanted to. At that moment I decided that I had to leave.
Fifth night club on Princess Street in central Manchester, formerly known as 5th Avenue. A victim had waited outside the club when Sinaga approached him
Sinaga’s mother, Normawati (left), from Depok, a city in the Jakarta metropolitan area of Indonesia, is still struggling with the belief that her son, Reynhard Sinaga, was capable of such evil crimes. His father, Saibun, is also pictured
Michael Crompton (right), 26, had lost his friends on a night out in Manchester and went to a takeaway restaurant to ask if anyone had a phone charger that he could borrow. Sinaga invited Mr. Crompton to use his charger in his one-bedroom apartment, but he became suspicious and left shortly afterwards