Kuwaiti bisexuals get separate jail cells

16 inmates expected to fill new area


Security sources in Kuwait said the Interior Ministry has allocated separate cells in the country's central prison for convicts who are bisexual or the so-called “sexually undecided”.

Five "sexually undecided" convicts have already been transferred to the new section and the number is expected to reach 16 within the coming week.

Inmates had their heads shaved before they were transferred to the new area, reported Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai on Tuesday.

The step came in the wake of a new law penalizing men who dress like women in the Gulf emirate.

According to the controversial law, offenders are sentenced to a maximum of one year and/or fined not more than 1,000 Kuwaiti dinars (3,646 U.S. dollars).

The new law caused uproar in legal and human rights circles in Kuwait, with opponents arguing it infringes on personal freedoms, granted by Article 30 of the constitution.

They also complain that the law does not specify which authority is entitled to draft the regulation or implement the law.

Legal experts are especially apprehensive because the law does not give a clear definition of imitating the other sex or what types of behavior fall under this category.

This vagueness, they argue, could subject thousands of young men and women to imprisonment.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).