Police in Indonesia’s Aceh province detained 12 transgender women and forcefully cut their long hair and made them wear male clothing in a bid to make them behave like “normal” men.
The incident happened after several beauty salons in the conservative province were raided over the weekend and transgender employees rounded up.
Police accused the beauticians of violating the province’s religious laws.
“We have reports from mothers that their sons were teased by the transgender women,” said local police chief Ahmad Untung Surianata. “Their numbers are growing here — I don’t want that,” he added.