A gay couple have been arrested following a public backlash over a raunchy viral photo of the amorous duo kissing each other in bed.
The couple from Indonesia were arrested in the city of Manado, on central Sulawesi island, after social media users complained about the picture police said on Friday.
There has been a growing backlash against gay people in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country this year, with government ministers and religious leaders lining up to denounce them.
Police said the couple, 22-year-old university student and 24-year-old office worker were arrested on Tuesday.
Speaking to AFP, a local police spokesman Marzuki, said: “The couple admitted it’s them in the picture and they posted the picture to prove their love.”
Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but police plan to charge the men with breaking anti-pornography laws and under tough legislation governing internet content.
The couple whose identities were yet disclosed and who are currently not in the custody of the police, risk serving a jail term if they are found.
According to reports, the image was removed from Facebook after a request from the communications and information technology ministry.
The case follows criticism of the government after the youth and sports ministry this week barred members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from applying for a job.
The online advertisement for the post of creative youth ambassador said candidates should “not be involved in casual sex or deviant acts, including LGBT”, and that this should be proven with a doctor’s certificate.
Activists believe the backlash was triggered by widespread coverage of the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the United States last year.
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