Aceh-provinsen i Indonesia tok nok et steg mot sharia torsdag da bukser ble forbudt for muslimske kvinner. Myndighetene har kjøpt inn 20.000 lange kjoler til kvinner som blir tatt i bukser.

Islamic police will determine whether a woman’s clothing violates the dress code, he said.

During 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 preachers.

«I 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 motorbike.

Motorbikes are commonly used by both men and women in Indonesia.

«The rule applies only to Muslim residents in West Aceh,» Mansur told The Associated Press. «We don’t enforce it for non-Muslims, but are asking them to respect us.»

He said any shopkeepers caught violating restrictions on selling short skirts and jeans would face a revocation of their business licenses.

Dette er bare det siste i en rekke vedtak som går i strengere islamistisk retning. Delstatsforsamlingen vedtok i fjor at straffen for utroskap var stening til døden. Det ble også innført piskestraff for homoseksuelle og pedofile (sic!)

Aceh, 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 and pedophiles.

Islamic 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.

Opinion 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.

Det internasjonale samfunn var opptatt av Aceh etter jordskjelvet for noen år siden. Kanskje man også burde være opptatt av det samfunnsmessige jordskjelvet?

Indonesia’s Aceh province enacted a strict Muslim law Thursday:
A tight pants ban
The traditional Muslim state of Indonesia enacted a tight pants ban in Aceh province, Thursday.