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Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh BANDA ACEH - Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

The advertisement called on readers to comment on the proposed law so it could be revised before being handed over to local legislators for debate. One article in the draft law says thieves found guilty of stealing goods worth more than the market price of 94 grams (3 ounces) of gold should have a hand amputated, a punishment stipulated in the Koran, Islam's holy book, and carried out in some Islamic countries.

The Indonesian government agreed to allow Shariah law in Aceh four years ago as part of negotiations to end the 29-year war between separatist rebels and the military. The province is slowly introducing elements of the legal code. Last year, special Islamic courts began enforcing some of the laws, which include punishing gamblers with caning, forcing women to cover their heads in public and banning the consumption of alcohol.

Opinion polls show those regulations are popular with the province's 4.2 million people, though it remains to be seen whether moves to broaden the law to include punishment for thieves would be supported. The laws would likely be opposed by Western governments and rights activists keen to see Indonesia remain a beacon of moderation in the Islamic world.

The sprawling nation has more Muslims than any other, but apart from Aceh enforces secular laws and has significant minorities of other faiths.



Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





kiwimave
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Back to the Middle Ages...is it a good idea to prohibit Sharia worldwide?



Jantje
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(Edited) Posted @ 13 December 2006 08:48

Hi Kiwimave,

But... if offers an opportunity for surgeons to-be to practice their amputation skills during their apprenticeship. Or do you reckon they will be severed by axe or sword? Middle ages indeed! Emoticon: Angry



searching
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Really barbaric, but what can one expects from a 7th century laws?



Yerun
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So they have to steal something more than the value of three ounces of gold. That currently has a value of over 600 USD, so that makes it 1800 USD = Rp. 16.000.000. What is easy to steal and has a value of over that amount? A motorbike (a commonly stolen object in many places) is worth (far) less than that.

To be clear; I'm against such backwards idea's but the value made me think.



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By what standard is it "backward" or "barbarian"? Yours? Okay you are entitled to your opinion, but like all opinions it is not absolute.

You think building jails and throwing crooks into jails is a more "forward" and "modern" method of crime prevention? Number one, it doesn't work...most people who go to jail will repeat their crimes. And it doesn't deter anybody from being a criminal either. Hey, stealing is wrong, that is for sure. Someone who steals does so because they want to take something that is not theirs. I say, "Yea"... you steal something of mine, I'll cut off your hand without a moment of hesitation. Got a problem with that? Then, stay away from my things!!



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(Edited) Posted @ 17 December 2006 13:26

To be honest hobo1, I never go to the church or whatever but I agree with our prime minister JPB that we can be proud of our "Christian values": one of the most fundamental aspects is that you punish criminals in a human way, and not the "eye on eye" principle. I call that civilisation. That there are still many cultures around the world who think a little bit backwards about those basic human values, that's their problem. But fundamentalists shouldnt try to implement those rules in countries who desperately try to obtain the same high standard of human rights in their country as we have in the West.

Also, most Islamic people in Holland should be happy that Sharia is not implemented here and will never be implemented: a disproportional percentage of criminals in our country are Islamic



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[quote] On 17-12-2006 12:04 hobo1 wrote:
By what standard is it "backward" or "barbarian"? Yours? Okay you are entitled to your opinion, but like all opinions it is not absolute.

Hobo,

Thanks for your straight forward reaction. It's obvious however that your standards are barbaric and backward. Emoticon: Yeah right!



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This is a great thing,chopping off hands .What if somebody steels with his or her mouth???? Emoticon: Yummie!



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