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Commission: 'Scrap discriminating shariya-based bylaws' JAKARTA - The National Commission on Violence Against Women urges the government to include the reviewing of a number of sharia-based bylaws deemed discriminative against women as part of its first 100-day program.

Commission chairwoman Kamala Chandra Kirana told on Wednesday that such bylaws were against the Constitution, and that the central government was responsible for bringing them in line with the latter. "As long as we still live in a country named Indonesia, we are all bound to the social contract inscribed in the 1945 Constitution, which clearly mentions that nondiscrimination is among its main principles," Kamala said.

Neither special nor regular regional autonomy should depart from the main framework. And the central government has a role to safeguard the consistency between national law and legal procedures in the regions. Kamala Chandra Kirana, chairwoman National Commission on Violence Against Women

With harmonizing regulations at the local level with those at the national level being one of the new government’s priorities for the first 100-day program, Kamala suggests that reviewing discriminative bylaws be incorporated into the program.

The "most dramatic" of such bylaws, she said, is the jinayat (the Islamic Criminal Code) bylaw passed in September by Aceh’s legislative council, which introduces stoning and caning as punishments for acts of adultery. The punishments have never been known in national law and are actually controversial in Aceh itself. But it was still endorsed because there are many political interests involved.


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