In the good old US of A, tight clothing is merely a crime of fashion, not a ‘real’ crime.
Not that way world wide!
Things to known when travelling to Indonesia: #1 – tight pants are against the law!
That’s right. Authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia’s Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses and pants as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing, this took effect at the end of May.
In the two month initial campaign (still on going) to enforce the regulation , long skirts are to be given to Muslim women caught violating the dress code according to one of the head honchos there.
There were raids in late May and early June.
18 women who were riding motorbikes, wearing the traditional and required headscaves but shamefully wearing tight jeans were stopped, cited, handed a long skirt, and had their pants confiscated! They were released only after giving their identities and receiving advice from the Islamic preachers ‘helping’ to enforce the statute.
One 40 year old housewife, Imma said, “I am not wearing sexy outfits, but they caught me like a terrorist only because of my jeans,” She feels that wearing jeans is more comfortable and safer when she travels by motorbike. Motorbikes are commonly used by both men and women in Indonesia.
“The rule applies only to Muslim residents in West Aceh,” according to one a guy named Mansur. He told The Associated Press. “We don’t enforce it for non-Muslims, but are asking them to respect us.”
He also added that shopkeepers caught violating restrictions on selling short skirts and jeans would face a revocation of their business licenses. No merchants have been seen displaying jeans or tight clothing in stores in West Aceh district in recent weeks.
Gee, I wonder why?
The regulation is the latest effort to promote strict moral values in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, where most of the roughly 200 million Muslims practice a ‘moderate’ form of the faith. The law does not set out a specific punishment for violators, but says “moral sanctions” will be imposed by local leaders. Mansur said women caught violating the ban more than three times could face two weeks in detention.
That’s right, JAIL for tight pants!
OK, I’ll admit that there are some people who should never wear tight jeans skirts t-shirts anything, but a law? NO!
Didn’t we have a women’s movement in the 70s that stopped a lot of this? Did the rest of the world miss out?
You know Simone de Beauvoir, Freidan, Abzug, Steinem, Helen Gurly Brown, Phil Donohue, and all that?
Where are they now?
Some human rights groups say the regulation violates international treaties and the Indonesian constitution. Well DUH!!
Aceh, a semiautonomous region, made news last year when its provincial parliament passed an Islamic, or Shariah, law making adultery punishable by stoning to death. It also has imposed prison sentences and public lashings for homosexuals.
Hey, the 12th Century called, they want you back Aceh!
Islamic law is not enforced across the vast island nation. But bans on drinking alcohol, gambling and kissing in public, among other activities, have been enforced by some more conservative local governments in recent years.
Note to Richard Gere: DON”T GO THERE!
Opinion polls show that a majority of Indonesians oppose the restrictions on dress and behavior, which are being pushed by hard-liners in the secular democracy.
Be fashionable out there, lighten UP Indonesia!