Kartini was a lady who lived and died many years ago, a Javanese aristocrat who is honoured as a pioneer of women’s rights here in Indonesia.
Tomorrow is Kartini Day, 21st April.
But in Jakarta a new governor, Anies Baswedan, has just been elected, to the delight of the worst fanatics in the archipelago.
While the election winner used to present himself as a ‘moderate’ Muslim, his running mate, Sandiaga Uno, has won notoriety with an outlandish call to transform the capital’s after-hours fun and games into a dreary scene, a sharia-inspired nightlife entertainment network…
It is said that this phenomenon would feature traditional dances, shalawat (salutation to Prophet Muhammad), religious studies and traditional music. COMMENTARY: Contemplating a sharia-influenced capital
Well, it’ll take time to get such super fun organised, so meanwhile we’ll just have to use our rich and vivid imaginations to picture what nocturnal joys will be available.
It’s important to note that ‘shariah law’ is not some sort of Sunday brunch menu, where you pick and mix whatever appeals to you.
Shariah is very clear on subjugation of women.
So if we face a ‘night-life’ devised on its tenets, then there’s no reason not to expect extensions of shariah into every other walk of city life.
Women should make the most of Kartini Day tomorrow.
Because we know how proponents of shariah think of women, not least the views of the self-styled ‘Islam Defenders Front,’ the FPI, whose favour the new ”moderate’ governor curried sedulously during his campaign.
Our infamous quote from the FPI’s Jakarta Gauleiter sums it up.
Oh, and don’t forget what another Islamist fanatic had to say when a jihadist jerk molested a female reporter..
As I’ve said before, that’s the message to women from the shariah fanatics.
And maybe stuff your head in a black bag…
Fathers and Husband, says this poster, it’s your responsibility to cover them up!
…and don’t dare disturb men by looking attractive.
It won’t happen tomorrow, or maybe this year or next year.
But after Wednesday’s election, only a fool would say that