In conservative Indonesia, homosexual ex-policeman to fight his battle at court – sex and relationships

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The first homosexual Indonesian policeman to sue the conservative country’s police force for wrongful dismissal because of sexual orientation was once back in courts this week, made up our minds to be reinstated.

Tri Teguh Pujianto, a 31-year-old former police brigadier was once fired in 2018 after 10 years on the job, after police in a different town apprehended him and his partner on Valentine’s Day when they were saying goodbyes at his partner’s workplace.

The landmark case on the earth’s largest Muslim-majority nation was once first of all thrown out final year after a pass judgement on told Teguh he had to wait until the police internal appeals process was once completed. That is now over and Teguh refiled his suit in August in what rights groups say is the first case of its type.

“This is my fight, my last-ditch effort,” Teguh told Reuters.

“Why won’t they pass judgement on my service for all those years? Why exaggerate my mistakes, which I don’t think were mistakes besides?”

Except sharia-ruled Aceh province where same-sex relations are banned, homosexuality isn’t unlawful in Indonesia even supposing it is usually thought to be a taboo subject.

The Southeast Asian country is, on the other hand, fitting less tolerant of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as some Indonesian politicians develop into more vocal approximately having Islam play a larger role in the state.

A survey by the Pew Research Center this year also showed that 80% of Indonesians consider homosexuality “must not be accepted by society”.

Discrimination and violent attacks against LGBT people have increased lately and police have prosecuted members of the community the usage of anti-pornography and other laws. Lawmakers from four political parties this year have also been trying to garner strengthen, so far unsuccessfully, to pass a invoice requiring LGBT people to seek remedy at rehabilitation centres.

The Central Java police have accused Teguh of violating “ethical codes of the national police… by the deviant act of having same-sex intercourse,” a court document shows.

Teguh’s legitimate team said they’re challenging what they call the “elastic” nature of the police code of conduct provided there is not any mention of sexual orientation in police regulations.

Representatives for the Central Java Police, National Police and the National Police Commission did not respond to Reuters requests for remark.

Dede Oetomo, a homosexual scholar who runs the advoacy group GAYA NUSANTARA, said Teguh had made history, if he wins his case or not.

“He’s broken the mould because he’s courageous,” he said. “My hope is that more activists will emerge from cases like his.”

Teguh now runs a barber shop, a side trade that he started in 2013. He said he’s at all times had the strengthen of circle of relatives and his friends in the force for his efforts to regain what has been his dream job since high school.

Asked why he’s persevering, Teguh said he was once fighting not only for himself.

“I need to fight for basic human rights, so there will no longer be arbitrary actions taken against minorities,” he said.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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