Curtain Comes Down on Women’s Rights in West Java – Shariah Goons to Enforce Veils

A West Java city is turning the clock back on women’s rights, with a civic decree forcing every female adult Muslim to wear a veil.
Indonesia’s Bag-Head Future?
The Jakarta Post last night reported that ‘Tasikmalaya, West Java, will soon require all Muslim women, residents and visitors alike, to wear veils to enforce its sharia ordinance.
“We are finalizing a city regulation so that [the 2009 Ordinance on Islamic-based Values of Community Life] can come into effect as soon as possible,” Tasikmalaya City Secretary Tio Indra Setiadi told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Tio the Happy Fanatic!


This primitive plan is scheduled to take effect this very month, if they can get it promulgated in time.

The backward bureucrat Tio even looks to set up a shariah gestapo to ‘ensure enforcement,’ thus dragging his municipality down to the Dark Age standards of Saudi Arabia. But he added that “law enforcement here will be different from that in Aceh. For example, there will be no caning. This ordinance is aimed more at educating people to live in an Islamic way.”

And if any of the women subjected to the bigot ‘education’ resist?

This kind of Islamist throwback thinking is frankly loathesome in its tortuously twisted vocabulary, whereby ‘education’ is inter-changeable with subjugation.

The JP tells us that the fanatic ordinance compels ‘adult Muslims to cover their aurat, or parts of the body that must be covered under Islam.’ 

The whole aurat thing is of course sexist in the extreme, only, for example, female knees being haram, while men  can have their heads uncovered, with women relegated to second-class status, head-shrouds required.

Tasikmalaya City Council Speaker Ruhimat denied they’d passed this benighted edict under pressure from any groups. And he showed blithe indifference to religious liberty by adding that he was ‘not concerned about the law’s impact on adherents of other religions. “Non-Muslims account for only one percent”.

A black day for Indonesia, indeed. But will the central government stand back and allow barbarism to triumph only a few score miles from Jakarta?

Aceh Province has a shariah statute as part of its constitution, and is very far away. But West Java is just down the road. And now it’s going down the drain.

President SBY’s comments on this will be most interesting.