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Aceh teen’s suicide linked to sharia practice

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2012   /  10:20 am

The apparent suicide of a teenage girl in Aceh should prompt officials to rethink harsh penalties imposed by sharia, a member of the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) says.

The dead girl, identified as 16-year-old PE, was at a concert in Langsa, Aceh, on Sept. 3 when sharia police apprehended her during a raid and harangued her in public for allegedly engaging in prostitution.

PE’s story was picked up the next day by local media outlets, some of whom identified the girl by her full name and repeated the allegations of the sharia police.

The body of PE was discovered in her room on Sept. 6. She apparently committed suicide by hanging herself.

“This incident has created a good opportunity for the leaders of Aceh and the rest of Indonesia to rethink the use of moralistic laws,” Komnas Perempuan commissioner Andy Yentriyani sa...