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Women in West Aceh banned from wearing trousers BANDA ACEH - Women wearing jeans and other trousers in the regency of West Aceh, in North Sumatra, will have to face the regional Sharia police. Vendors of trousers for women will also have to close down. The regent for West Aceh, Ramli, has issued the new controversial Islamic regulation yesterday. People who disobey, will be forced to wear loose-fitting attire when Sharia police cuts their trousers.

"We have issued the regulation to further enforce Islamic Sharia law granted by the central government," Ramli told on Tuesday. Ramli has already prepared some 7,000 long skirts which are to be provided to those who are caught wearing trousers. The new regulation will be effective starting on New Years' Day, the modern calender, not the Islamic one. Sharia police will have the right to raid places and hold patrols in every district in the regency.

Ramli admitted that he was sure that there would be protests against it, but as a real Islamic ruler he does't care less what his people think, they simply have to comply with the regulations whether they want it or not. Women in the city of Meulaboh, the regency capital, have already objected the ban, saying it is discriminatory and violated their freedom of expression.

"I'm surprised the mentality of the Aceh leader is so old-fashioned and primitive. There are many other things the administration should handle rather than regulating what women in the province should wear. I doubt the regulation is the wish of the West Aceh community at large. One of the regent's tricks is to seek sensation," Lola Amalia, medical worker in Meulaboh.

Lola said that she was sure that the new sharia regulations will not be implemented with success in the province of Aceh, adding that she did not have problems wearing clothing that is seen as appropriate for sharia. She said that she did not know what clothing was seen as appropriate by the administration of West Aceh though.

Ramli previously issued a regulation prohibiting government agencies from serving members of the public who wore "un-Islamic" clothing, such as tight jeans and slacks, to government offices.


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Posted in Religion @ 29 October 2009 00:47 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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