Friday, 11 May 2012

"Moderate Indonesia": Sixty-Two Young Women Detained in Police Raid because Hijabs too Tight

Note that the women mentioned were actually wearing head coverings, and so were observing some form of Islamic hijab (not to be confused with the article of clothing of the same name). But this, apparently, is not oppressive enough for "moderate" Indonesia.

From The Jakarta Post:

Sixty-two young women were detained in a raid for wearing tight clothing in Wilayatul Hisbah, Bireuen, Aceh on Tuesday evening.
Four of the 62 women detained are sales promotion girls who were promoting cigarettes near the area, and were wearing tight black pants, white tops and red jilbab (veils).
Most of the women who passed along Jl. Meuligoe were sent to the Meuligoe regent, while the four promotion models were sent to the Islamic Shari’a office to receive instructions before being freed.
“They violated the 2002 Qanun No. 11 on the implementation of Islamic and worship symbols, which touched upon Islamic wear,” said Tgk M Daud, investigator and Islamic law department head, as quoted by
The commander of Wilayatul Hisbah, Usman Kelana, said he will conduct raids more frequently to minimize the number women wearing tight clothes.
“We hope the people and parents to prohibit their children from wearing tight clothing,” Kelana said.

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