- A community in Maguindanao shaved the heads of six women for the reason that they are lesbians
- The act of shaving was considered by the community as a punishment for the women
- The reason for non-acceptance of their status was that the religion of Islam prohibits them from being a part of the fast-growing LGBT community
- One of the relatives of the shaved women stated that the act was a result of a complaint made by one of the parents of the women
A community in Ampatuan, Maguindanao has imposed punishment on six women who were lesbians. The punishment was shaving their heads in public.
The six women who endured the said punishment, as reported by GMA News, were members of the LGBT.
Islam prohibits women from becoming a part of the said community, which was why the six women were meted out with such punishment.
The public shaving was also recorded on video.
According to one of the relatives of the women, a parent filed a complaint, which was why the girls were punished.
An official in the said province, however, did not approve of the punishment.
Maguindanao 2nd District Board Member King Mangudadatu said that there is a law that prohibits discrimination.
Ladlad Party List, an LGBT rights group, said that while they respect Islam, they would also like to remind that there is no state religion and that the kids have civil and political rights.
Islam prohibits homosexuality. Those who engage in such acts, may be punished. In some traditional Islamic jurisprudence, the punishment for lesbianism can even go as far as the imposition of the death penalty.
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