Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gay and tomboys are barred from schools

Saudi Arabia has decided to bar “gays and tom-boys” from its government schools and universities, in a crackdown the Kingdom.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the brutal law enforcement authority, has been asked to enforce the new orders, according to the Arabic language quotidian, Sharq.

“Instructions have been issued to all public schools and universities to ban the entry of gays and tomboys and to intensify their efforts to fight this phenomenon, which has been promoted by some websites,” the paper reported.

The paper did not specify from whom those orders were given, but said gay and tomboyish students can go back to schools and universities if they prove they have had their behavior modified and are reformed from those urges.

It said high-level orders have been issued to the Commission to immediately enforce the new rules and to step up efforts to combat this phenomenon and other “unacceptable behavior” in public places.

Homosexuality is punishable by death in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, though, generally lashings and prison sentences are issued.