Tight jeans are banned in Indonesia – â€˜and if you don’t like it, blame God’
FROM next year, Muslim women in the West Aceh district of Indonesia will be prohibited from wearing jeans or trousers deemed to be too tight.
Announcing the new law, inspired by a bunch of mad clerics, district chief Ramli Mansur said:
If a woman flouts [the rule] her trousers will be cut up on the spot and replaced with a skirt that will be provided free of charge by the West Aceh government.
Loose trousers may be worn under a skirt, as long as no part of the ankle was visible, according to this report.
The law also prohibits Muslim men from wearing shorts.
But the good news is that non-Muslims will remain free to wear whatever they choose.
Said the magnanimous Mansur:
We’ll respect the rights of non-Muslims.
If there are parties who disagree, don’t be angry with me. Be angry with God as I’m only carrying out a religious obligation.
Meanwhile, we learn from the BBC that a female journalist working for a TV channel which aired graphic accounts of sex in Saudia Arabia is to be spared a flogging.
King Abdullah cancelled the sentence of 60 lashes against Rozanna al-Yami, after being briefed on the case.
The programme broadcast by Saudi-owned Lebanese channel LBC caused a huge scandal in the conservative kingdom.
Three men who bragged about their sexual adventures in the show, as well as the cameraman, have been jailed.
No reason has been given for the king’s decision. It is the second time he has intervened in a high-profile flogging sentence in two years.
The original programme was part of a series called Red Lines, examining taboos in the Arab world, including extra-marital sex in Saudi Arabia.
Mazen Abdul Jawad provoked outrage by describing his techniques for meeting and having sex with Saudi women.
He has since apologised and claimed LBC tricked him, but he was jailed for five years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes.
Three of his friends who appeared on the show got two years each and the cameraman was jailed for two months.
The station’s offices in Saudi Arabia were closed down and two of its producers – both female – put on trial.
LBC has made no comment about the cases.
Hat Tip: Maotai (for the jeans story)