Posted by: becketfund | December 22, 2006

Indonesia: Religious Police Arrest 15 for Violating Shari’a Law

The Scotsman reports that religious police in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, have arrested 15 people at a local hair salon for violating norms of Shari’a law. The police arrested 13 female salon workers for “wearing tight shirts and jeans, but no head scarves” and two male customers for having their hair cut by women, saying Shari’a law mandates that men must have their hair cut by men. Aceh province, which introduced a version of Shari’a law in 2001, has flogged gamblers and adulterers, and recently heard a proposal that thieves should have their hands amputated.

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