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Jakarta Post

Sharia police: who are they?

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Mon, February 8 2010   /  12:17 pm

Roundup: Female members of Wilayatul Hisbah sharia police jump out of a patrol car in a raid in Banda Aceh. Sharia police are under fire following a rape committed by three sharia policemen on a female student recently.Hundreds of citizens from all over Banda Aceh thronged to Ule Lheue Beach to relax and enjoy the weekend atmosphere under the light of the full moon that evening.

Parents and children were sitting and savoring roast corn sold on the sidewalks leading to the port.

The port area of Ule Lheue is a favorite place for Banda Aceh residents to relish the beauty of the beach, which is not far from the city hub and also offers a gorgeous display of urban lights reflecting off the water.

But the crowds became agitated when a group of teenagers hanging around in pairs was suddenly caught by surprise by a raid launched by personnel of Wilayatul Hisbah (WH) or the...