Indonesia: Sharia police in Aceh dissolve lesbian marriage

Publication Date: 
August 25, 2011
Aceh is the only province in Indonesia to apply Sharia law. (Photo: BBC

Islamic police in the Indonesian province of Aceh have forced two women to have their marriage annulled and sign an agreement to separate.

The women had been legally married for a few months after one of them passed as a man in front of an Islamic cleric who presided over their wedding.

But suspicious neighbours confronted the couple and reported them to police.

Indonesia: Activists Criticize Clerics Over Dress Code

Publication Date: 
February 10, 2011
The Jakarta Post

The Network for Civil Society Concerned with Sharia (JMSPS) in Aceh has criticized clerics and asked them not to overly interfere in enforcing the Muslim dress code, especially for Muslim women in the province. 

“Aceh clerics should not stunt their important position by dealing with trivial matters related to the daily lives of Aceh residents,” said Hendra Fadli from the Aceh Legal Aid Institute (LBH).

The Aceh LBH is one of 15 NGOs affiliated with the JMSPS in Aceh.

Indonesia: Local Sharia Laws Violate Rights in Aceh

Publication Date: 
December 1, 2010
Human Rights Watch
West Aceh Wilayatul Hisbah (Sharia Police) detained young unmarried man and woman for violating 'seclusion' law

(Jakarta) - Two local Sharia laws in Indonesia's Aceh province violate rights and are often enforced abusively by public officials and even private individuals, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The country's central government and the Aceh provincial government should take steps to repeal the two laws, Human Rights Watch said.

The 89-page report, "," documents the experiences of people accused of violating Sharia laws prohibiting "seclusion" and imposing public dress requirements on Muslims.

Indonesia: Women of the Morality Police Fight for Islam, One Sinner at a Time

Publication Date: 
August 18, 2010
The Jakarta Globe
Female Shariah Police officers gearing up to patrol the streets of Banda Aceh before Friday prayers. (JG Photo)


Banda Aceh. On a recent Friday afternoon, the face of a young woman detained at a Shariah Police station in Aceh’s provincial capital Banda Aceh was contorted in anger.

The 21-year-old Aceh native was so upset that she refused to give her name. The girl was arrested by Shariah Police officers at a beauty salon where she was allegedly offering sex in exchange for money.

She nodded when a Jakarta Globe reporter asked her if the prostitution allegation was true.

The man she was accused of propositioning was also arrested, and was being detained in a separate room. The could both face public caning if found guilty.

Aceh: Three Lashes for Selling Cooked Rice During Ramadan

Publication Date: 
October 2, 2010
The Jakarta Globe
Foodstall owner Murni binti Amris wincing as she is whipped by Shariah πolice after Friday prayers in Jantho, Aceh Besar.

Jantho, Aceh. With heads bowed, two young women walked toward a wooden stage outside Al Munawwarah Mosque in Jantho, Aceh Besar. Friday prayers had just ended, and hundreds of residents surrounded the platform, keeping a respectful distance but keen to watch. 

Supporting syariah, advancing women

Publication Date: 
September 1, 2010
Inside Indonesia
Umi Rahimum at her daya (Photo: David Kloos)


The life and work of an Islamic teacher in Aceh shows that the struggle for gender equality is about much more than syariah.

In Aceh, a special formulation of Islamic law, the qanun, was implemented in 2003, and ever since, national and international media covering Aceh have been obsessed with it. Although this interest is perhaps understandable, it also results in distorted, incomplete, and sometimes false portrayals of local dynamics.

Indonesia: Aceh laws discriminate against women

Publication Date: 
June 7, 2010
Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

BANDA ACEH - Earlier this year, Sharia police arrested a 20-year-old college student and her boyfriend for indecency; they had been spending time together even though they were not legally married.

Secular Indonesia Outraged Over Aceh Mob Justice

Photo: AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin

A government prosecutor hands over a whip to the executioner during a public caning in Aceh Besar in January this year. There is growing outrage after a man and woman caught committing adultery on were beaten and possibly caned under Islamic law by a mob on Wednesday.

Aceh Shari'a police will not be disbanded despite rape case

(Photo: Tarmizy Harva, Reuters)

A Sharia policeman speaks to two youths about the rules of Sharia law at the seaside area of Uleelheu in Banda Aceh.

Aceh: Sharia police arrested for ‘rape’

Sharia police arrested for ‘rape’

Hotli Simanjuntak , The Jakarta Post , Banda Aceh, Aceh | Tue, 01/12/2010 11:12 PM | National