Indonesia City to Prohibit Women Passengers from Straddling Motorcycles

"When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman," said the mayor who supports the ban.

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An Acehnese woman rides on the back side of a motorcycle in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Jan. 2, 2013

In the name of honoring women, the mayor of Lhokseumawe, in Aceh, Indonesia, recently announced he would prohibit them from straddling motorcycles or bicycles when given a ride. It’s in the best interests of women to ride sidesaddle, Suaidi Yahya told the Jakarta Globe, because when they ride with their legs open they are prone to break Shari‘a law:

“We’ve seen that people’s behaviors and morals are getting far from Aceh’s Islamic cultural values. Therefore we will issue a regulation that will ban women from straddling while sitting on the passenger’s seat of motorcycles.

“We want to save women from things that will cause them to violate Shariah law. We wish to honor women with this ban, because they are delicate creatures.”

“When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman,” Suaidi added.

Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, but Aceh is the only province that enforces Shari‘a, prohibiting — among other things — gambling, homosexuality and alcohol consumption, the BBC reports.

Alarmed by the ban, Indonesia’s central government said it is considering whether to intervene and has meanwhile called for the ban to be further clarified and evaluated. Rights groups have also protested, calling the ban useless and inconvenient, according to CNN.

This is not the first time Shari‘a in Aceh has caused uproar. A 2009 regulation banned women from wearing jeans and tight trousers. In 2011, police rounded up a group of teenagers sporting mohawks and other unconventional hairstyles, accused them of being “punks” and shaved off their hair.

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19 comments
SS_schutzstafel
SS_schutzstafel

hey aceh is no longer with indonesia again :p i expect that this region will be separated from indonesia

zamilzam
zamilzam

it's not indonesia as whole but part of, especialy in aceh, anyway i don't like this rule that have special  region

DewiThompson
DewiThompson

I discussed this issue today in the car when we dropped our daughter off at her school. We thought it funny that the blame ofr these bad thoughts about these delicate things are all brought about by a woman spreading her legs to ride the bike or motorcycle or even the shorts and revealing clothing that a woman wears to be comfortable in the terrible heat some days. Odd though that the actual blame is never laid to with the bearer of the bad thoughts? Exactly what was going through men's minds and why when they made these laws for women to follow?

redagalih
redagalih

That picture, I'm not sure that was Aceh.. 'B 44xxx' code is for Jakarta city. More over, the women in Aceh is not like that. Well, I agree and apreciate with Shari‘a law.

SubramanianThangavelu
SubramanianThangavelu

Religious strictures should be left to Religious Heads to advise.

Religion should not be mixed with Government.

Religion is a matter of faith and Government is a matter of Law.

Faith cannot mix with Law !