Muslim culture and gay sex in Barbados ….. a glimpse

the article below was sent me to by one of my many readers from Barbados, interestingly the line that got me was the very first sentence about muslim religion and body exposure, read on…..

Guard admits exposing himself

Published on: 9/15/2009.
IT IS FORBIDDEN, a Muslim revealed yesterday, for a man of that religion to expose from his navel to his knee in public.

But that is exactly what Shiraj Raja was doing, in addition to some other things in their month of Ramadan, when an island constable caught him at Hilton Beach on Sunday.

Raja, 26, a security guard of Kensington New Road, St Michael, was in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he admitted wilfully, openly, lewdly and obscenely exposing himself on Hilton Beach, a place of public entertainment.

“I was sitting down on the beach and a man get out of a car and asked me to do that,” Raja said.

However, it was the facts of the case that left the court abuzz.

Prosecutor Acting Station Sergeant Junior Kirton revealed that an island constable was patrolling the beach around 10 a.m. when he saw Raja and another man behaving suspiciously.

The island constable watched as the unknown man and Raja engaged in oral sex before masturbating.

He shouted at them and they ran off, but Raja was subsequently caught.

“I am speechless and I am not usually lost for words,” Magistrate Pamela Beckles said.

Hours later Raja’s surety, also a member of the Muslim community, told the court: “I feel he’s got problems.

“This is a shock for the Muslim community [that] in the blessed month of Ramadan he is doing something like this.”

The surety further explained that Raja was also the first person to get divorced in their community. He had been married all of three months.

“I will fine him and let your community deal with him,” Magistrate Beckles told the surety. “But get some counselling for him.”

The magistrate fined him $1 000 by September 25 or six months in jail.

The magistrate also released him with a surety of $1 500 until September 25.

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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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