Two men have been arrested after they were caught allegedly having intimate relations at a holy site in Ubud.
“We apprehended two men we suspect of committing intimate relations in public on Tuesday at Pura Beji in Ubud,” I Wayan Gede Mudana, who heads Ubud Police’s criminal investigation unit, said today.
According to reports, the men, identified as GU and NS, were caught in the act by local residents in the area, who then reported the matter to village officials. The two men were allegedly having intimate relations near the river of a local temple, and fled the scene as soon as they were found out.
“The witness was fishing in the river right next to the temple when he saw two men completely naked. The witness tried to approach them but they ran away and left behind one motorbike [at the scene],” Mudana said.
Police were able to trace their whereabouts based on the motorbike plate number, and they were subsequently taken to the police station in Ubud.
“The arrest of two men who were suspected of having similar relations on Tuesday at around 2:00 PM in Singakerta, Ubud” explained Mudana.
The incident was also reported to have happened by a sacred bathing pool which residents claimed made the village feel impure.
“We have also made an update at Beji to remove all the impurities caused by both,” said Singakerta Village Official, Made Budiasa.
GU and NS could potentially be charged with Article 281 under the criminal code (KUHP) on public indecency, which carries a maximum sentence of two years and eight months in prison.