2 suspected lesbians in Indonesia's devout Aceh province to undergo rehabilitation

Islamic Shariah police in Indonesia's devout Aceh province say two suspected lesbians apprehended this past week in a tourist resort will undergo rehabilitation instead of being charged with a crime.

The law enforcement chief of the Shariah police, Evendi A. Latief, said Saturday that the two women confessed to being lesbians, and were transferred to the Aceh police's Women and Child Protection Unit.

The women, 18 and 19 years old, were detained Monday night in the province's capital, Banda Aceh.

Indonesia's central government granted Aceh, the most devout province in the Muslim-majority nation, the right to implement a version of Islamic Shariah law in 2006 as part of a peace deal to end a separatist war.