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When women are banned from wearing trousers

  • Indraswari

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 13 2009   /  11:59 am

Starting from Jan. 1, 2010, there will be no more women wearing trousers in West Aceh.
West Aceh Regent Ramli MS has signed a bylaw which prohibits women in the regency from wear trousers. To anticipate the huge number of slacks to be cut up by police during raids, the regental administration has prepared around 7,000 long skirts, which will be provided free to those caught wearing trousers.The West Aceh regent was quoted by a newspaper last month as saying that “We have issued the regulation to further enforce Islamic sharia granted by the central government”.The new bylaw on the banning of trousers adds to another controversial law in Aceh launched earlier in September under the Islamic bylaw system, which included articles on stoning adulterers to death and caning for premarital sex. Across the country, the new bylaw adds to many similar policies in other regions which rule on...