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Riot act: A sharia police officer censures a group of girls caught wearing tight pants in public in Banda Aceh on Wednesday. The Aceh Legislative Council is deliberating a bylaw that would require non-Muslims to comply with sharia. JP/Hotli Simanjun
Aceh mulls sharia for non-Muslims

in INDONESIA, 10/02/2014

The Aceh Legislative Council is deliberating a special bylaw that will force non-Muslims in the province to follow sharia. Locally called Qanun Jinayat (a bylaw governing behavior), the measure would require all residents to follow Islamic code of dress and conduct.

In preparing for the measure, head of the Aceh Sharia Enforcement Office Samsuddin said on Wednesday his office was currently increasing raids on the streets to reduce sharia violations, including by non-Muslims. Read more

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