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Indonesian Police Arrest Transgender Women

Expand A transgender person walks out of her office in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on December 25, 2014.  © 2014 Beawiharta/Reuters Indonesian police and Sharia (Islamic law) police jointly raided five hair salons owned by transgender women in Aceh province on Saturday. They arrested 12 waria, or trans women, forced them to strip off their shirts, and cut their hair in public. The waria remain detained as of Tuesday morning in Aceh. Immediately following the raids, North Aceh Police Chief Untung Sangaji addressed a crowd that had gathered. “Our ulama [Muslim scholars] disagree with this disease.…

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