Aceh is the only province in Indonesia, & # 39; the world's most populous Muslim country, that implements Islamic law or Sharia law.
Last year, two gay men who admitted to having sexed flogging in Aceh, who each received 100 blows from the reed and received severe criticism from rights groups.
Gay sex is not illegal in the rest of Indonesia, which mainly follows a criminal code inherited from the former colonial ruler of the Netherlands.
Banda Aceh province began implementing sharia law after it gained autonomy in 2001 – an attempt by the Jakarta government to suppress a long-term separatist uprising.
Islamic laws have been tightened since Aceh signed a peace agreement with Jakarta in 2005.
People are flogged for a number of offenses, including gambling, drinking alcohol, gay sex or a sexual relationship outside of marriage.
Jono Simbolon (front), an Indonesian Christian, grimacing in pain while being beaten in front of a crowd outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province, on January 19, 2018
More than 90 percent of the 255 million people who live in Indonesia describe themselves as Muslims, but the vast majority practice a moderate form of faith.
The brutal and public mistreatment occurred more often this year with a number of reported incidents of punished persons who fell in pain on stage.
In September 2014, Aceh approved an anti-homosexuality law that can punish anyone who is caught having gay sex with 100 lashes.
Following a three-decades-old separatist movement, a peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition that it remained part of the vast archipelago.
As part of that deal, Aceh won the right to be the only Indonesian province to use Islamic Sharia law as a legal code.
An Acehse woman was also tied up as part of the public baton outside a mosque on Friday after the prayers were over
Anyone caught with consensual gay sex is punished with 100 lashes, 100 months imprisonment or a fine of 1,000 grams of gold.
The law also includes a punishment for sexual crimes, unmarried people who show affection, people who have been caught cheating and sex with minors.
It is known that the religious police in Aceh target Muslim women without headscarves or tight clothing and people who drink or gamble alcohol.
Over the past ten years, central government has transferred more power to regional authorities to increase autonomy and accelerate development.
Committing homosexual acts is not a crime under Indonesia's national criminal law, but remains taboo in many conservative parts of the country with & # 39; the world's largest Muslim population.
The trend seemed to slow down after a series of worrying incidents at the start of the new year, but the new photos show that the practice is still great in Indonesia.
Men and women have collapsed in pain because of the severity of their injuries and people can be punished for something innocent when standing too close to a partner in public or seen only with someone they are not married to.
An Islamic enforcer holds the cane against the back of Simbolon, who was beaten 36 times for selling alcohol in the province
Over the past two years, MailOnline has reported on the alarming rising trend of public lashing in Aceh, Indonesia:
March 1, 2016: The woman struck 50 times because she was alone with a man at the age of 19.
March 24, 2016: Young woman carried on a stretcher off the stage after being tied up for sex outside of marriage.
August 1, 2016: Another woman is tied up for a date in Aceh.
August 15, 2016: Older man caned for violating Sharia law.
September 11, 2016: Man and a woman beaten for having an affair and among the gathered crowd is the mayor of Banda Aceh.
October 17, 2016: Muslim woman screams in pain on stage after being tied up 23 times because she is too close to her boyfriend.
October 31, 2016: A 20-year-old woman stopped in public because she came too close to a man she was not married to.
November 28, 2016: Husband and wife each beaten 100 times for adultery.
February 2, 2017: Enforcer lands 26 blows on the back of a woman for sex outside of marriage.
February 10, 2017: Woman collapses in pain on stage while being caned.
February 27, 2017: Man collapses on stage while being beaten because he has sex outside of marriage.
August 25, 2017: Ten Indonesians sentenced to a maximum of 100 lashes for adultery.
September 12, 2017: Woman in the hospital after 100 lashes because she was with a man who was not her husband.
November 17, 2017: Woman is caned for adultery.
January, 2018: Indonesian Christian man is flogged 36 times in public because he sells alcohol.
February, 2018: Husbands and wives, both Christians, have hit six and seven times respectively for playing a children's entertainment game.
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