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One of two Indonesian men is publicly caned for having gay sex in Aceh in May last year. (Photo: AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN)

Dozens of locals tried to attack the group of beauticians as they were hauled off to the police station, but they were pushed back by authorities, they said.

Police then lopped off some members' long hair with scissors as well as forcing the group to wear male clothing and speak in a masculine voice.

"We have reports from mothers that their sons were teased by the transgender women," local police chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told AFP Monday.

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