Indonesia-Aceh – Muslim Dress Code Law Against Revealing Clothing
Author: Womens UN Report Network
Date: May 17, 2010
INDONESIA’S ACEH PROVINCE ENACTS
WOMEN’S DRESS CODE LAW AGAINST
The traditional Muslim
Acehnese sharia police officers stop a woman wearing pants at a check point in
Pasi Jambu, West Aceh,
of Indonesia’s Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited
shops from selling tight dresses as a tight pants ban that took effect
Thursday. (Heri Juanda/AP) <HR
in a devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia’s Aceh province have distributed 20,000
long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation
banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect Thursday.
long skirts are to be given to Muslim women caught violating the dress code
during a two-month campaign to enforce the regulation, said Ramli Mansur, head
police will determine whether a woman’s clothing violates the dress code, he
raids Thursday, Islamic police caught 18 women traveling on motorbikes who were
wearing traditional headscarves but were also dressed in jeans. Each woman was
given a long skirt and her pants were confiscated. They were released from
police custody after giving their identities and receiving advice from Islamic
am not wearing sexy outfits, but they caught me like a terrorist only because
of my jeans,” said Imma, a 40-year-old housewife who uses only one name.
She argued that wearing jeans is more comfortable when she travels by
are commonly used by both men and women in
rule applies only to Muslim residents in
Associated Press. “We don’t enforce it for non-Muslims, but are asking
them to respect us.”
said any shopkeepers caught violating restrictions on selling short skirts and
jeans would face a revocation of their business licenses.
merchants have been seen displaying jeans or tight clothing in stores in
district in recent weeks.
regulation is the latest effort to promote strict moral values in the world’s
most populous Muslim-majority nation, where most of the roughly 200 million
Muslims practice a moderate form of the faith.
does not set out a specific punishment for violators, but says “moral
sanctions” will be imposed by local leaders.
said women caught violating the ban more than three times could face two weeks
groups say the regulation violates international treaties and the Indonesian
a semiautonomous region, made news last year when its provincial parliament
passed an Islamic, or Shariah, law making adultery punishable by stoning to
death. It also has imposed prison sentences and public lashings for homosexuals
law is not enforced across the vast island nation. But bans on drinking
alcohol, gambling and kissing in public, among other activities, have been
enforced by some more conservative local governments in recent years.
polls show that a majority of Indonesians oppose the restrictions on dress and
behavior, which are being pushed by hard-liners in the secular democracy.
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