Nigerian court orders public whipping of four men convicted of gay sex

Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human-rights activist said.

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The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.

The men could face further violence in prison if human rights organizations do not come up with an additional fine of 20,000 naira ($120) each, said Dorothy Aken’Ova of the Coalition for the Defence of Sexual Rights Network.

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