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Jakarta Post

Aceh sharia police loved and hated

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Mon, February 8 2010   /  12:21 pm

Hearing the words Wilayatul Hisbah (WH) or the sharia police, many people would imagine that the figures would be very pious and very religious individuals: officers wearing Islamic uniforms very similar to the Taliban in Afghanistan, or at least similar to the inhabitants of  pesantren (Islamic boarding schools).

The one thing that distinguishes the sharia police from ordinary people is the belief that the police must be people who know everything about Islam and Islamic law violations.

The existence of the sharia police was recently brought into the public spotlight due to a rape committed by three sharia police officers against a female student who was detained at the police station a few weeks ago.

“This is the evidence that since the beginning the establishment of the sharia police was set up without enough preparation,” said Syarifah Rahmadtilah, dire...