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Jakarta Post

Letters: Stop the violence in Aceh

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, January 21 2010   /  11:10 am

Despite the fact Aceh is now peaceful, violent incidents still happen. This time the victim was a student at Langsa, who experienced a return to violence, when she was allegedly raped by three sharia policemen (Wilayatul Hisbah, or WH) at the police office in Langsa. The police stated that it had arrested two members of the WH who allegedly committed the crime and was still chasing one other suspect. A similar incident happened to a student and her male friend who were arrested by members of the WH. Both had allegedly violated the qanun of seclusion (two people being alone together, which may lead to adultery). While the man was released, the student was detained at the sharia police office where she was raped by members of the WH. The sexual violence has, of course, provoked strong reactions from society. An observer from the Community Alliance of Women’s Rights, consisting of 24 civi...