Islamic Law needs to be applied in Indonesia's Aceh, says district chief

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rape muslim women perkosa foto gambar pictures photos videos downloads imagesTalk to Ramli Mansyur about Muslim women who do not dress properly, and you'll not be blamed for raping them. Ramli is the leader of the Aceh Party, an Indonesian party whose members are mostly drawn from the ranks of former combatants of the disbanded Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM, trans: Free Aceh Movement). The 46-year-old Ramli sponsored an Islamic law that prohibited women, especially Muslim women, from wearing tight, sexy clothings.

The Jakarta Globe has the detail:

Aceh first implemented Shariah bylaws after gaining greater control over its judiciary and legislative process when former President Megawati Sukarnoputri's administration granted the separatist province special autonomy in 2001.

Today, Shariah officers scour Aceh's streets on the lookout for violators of Islamic offences, which include women not wearing head scarves, gambling, the sale and consumption of alcohol, and "illicit relations" between men and women. However, Ramli felt more was needed, leading the head of West Aceh district to introduce the pants bylaw in May.

Despite facing sizeable opposition to the law, Ramli defends his agenda by saying that the bylaw is needed to teach Muslim women how to dress properly.

Bahtiar Effendy, a political expert from Jakarta's Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic State University, says this type of "incompetent leadership" is a growing problem in the archipelago.

"It's not just him -- many of our local and national leaders are basically incompetent, which is why they come up with foolish policies," he said.

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