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Will women still be bargaining chips?

  • Ati Nurbati

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 21 2009   /  12:07 pm

JP/P.J. Leo
Toward the end of 2009, Indonesia, a supposedly moderate Islamic country, shocked the world again. It wasn’t bombings this time; it was a new bylaw in Aceh that allowed the stoning to death of married adulterers. For the unmarried, the law stipulated 100 lashes for the couple. These were part of the new Islamic criminal code in the province, and did not differentiate between Muslims and non-Muslims.As soon as the provincial legislature passed the bylaw, the Home Ministry said it would file a request to have it revoked by the Supreme Court because it was deemed to violate the Constitution, which guarantees human rights.On the same grounds, the National Commission for Violence Against Women immediately said it would file a judicial review over Aceh’s special autonomy law itself, which authorizes the local government to pass sharia-based rules — invoking an annoyed resp...