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Cover men's eyes, not women's hair!

  • Julia Suryakusuma

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 22 2020   /  01:30 am

A few years ago in Aceh, a poster was put up by the Islamic Sharia Department in Banda Aceh of the communications and information agency office, stating:“A woman whose strand of hair is seen deliberately by a man who is not her husband will be punished by 70,000 years in hell. One day in the afterlife is equivalent to 1,000 years in this world. A woman who enters hell will draw in with her two of her menfolk: her father, her brothers, her husband or her son. This is how terrible the punishment is!” I received a photo of the poster through one of my WhatsApp groups and shared it with friends. One friend, Harry (not his real name), hilariously pointed out the absurdity of it all. “What? Do radicals see women’s hair as pubic hair, and are hijab underpants for women’s heads?” he asked incredulously, referring to the headcover worn by Muslim women in Indonesia.Harry added, to his ...