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Woman 'looking for husband' enters Bogor mosque – with pooch

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Mon, July 1, 2019   /   01:56 pm
Woman 'looking for husband' enters Bogor mosque – with pooch Mosques are holy places of worship for Muslims. A video of a woman entering a mosque with a dog on Sunday in Bogor, West Java, has gone viral – many Muslims consider dogs to be impure. (tribunnews.com/Lingga Arvian Nugroho)

A woman has caused a stir on social media when a video of her entering a mosque in Sentul – with a dog – went viral.

Bogor Police spokesperson Adj. Comr. Ita Puspita Lena said the woman, identified only by her initials SM, was a resident of Sentul village in Babakan Madang district, Bogor, West Java. 

Police said that SM entered the Al Munawaroh Mosque at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, saying that she was looking for her husband. She was accompanied by a dog,

Many Muslims consider dogs to be unclean or impure, particularly their saliva, and most try their best to avoid contact with canine saliva.

Worshippers at the mosque immediately asked the woman to leave the premises.

Local police arrived later that afternoon and took SM into custody for questioning. The Bogor Police also gathered four witnesses, including those who were at the mosque when SM entered with a dog.

The preliminary report of the investigation found SM to be mentally impaired.

It is unclear whether SM is the dog's owner. (rfa)