Women’s marriage baffles Islamic police in Indonesia’s Aceh province

August 24, 2011

(The Baiturrahman Grand Mosque at sunset in Banda Aceh April 15, 2005/Tarmizy Harva)

Islamic religious police in Indonesia’s Aceh province are stumped about how to handle a case of two women who married at the urging of neighbors concerned that one of the roomates was a man and therefore a couple living in sin.  Aceh is the only province in the country that applies sharia, or Islamic law.

The women, Nuraini and Rohani, came under pressure as neighbors assumed Rohani was a man because of her appearance and male nickname, Ranto. But after the marriage, suspicions grew that Rohani was actually a woman and local residents turned them in to the police on Sunday.

“In the Prophet’s book, people committing such a thing should be beheaded or thrown into the sea, but we don’t have that in our regulations,” Muddasir, the head of Aceh’s religious police, told Reuters on Wednesday. The religious police are responsible for monitoring behavior in the province, often clamping down on skimpy clothing or unmarried couples. Sharia inspired bylaws contain regulations on promiscuity, and adultery can be punished by stoning to death.

Muddasir said his office had leafed through books of bylaws but failed to find any article regulating same-sex marriages. He said the couple have been detained, with police and religious figures considering ways to separate them forever.

Tengku Faisal Ali, who heads an association of Islamic Boarding School Scholars in Aceh, said the case showed a shifting of values in Aceh society. This mirrors a wider conflict in the world’s most populous Muslim nation between those pushing for an Islamic state and a mostly moderate and youthful population in the archipelago.

via Women’s marriage baffles Islamic police in Indonesia’s Aceh | Reuters.


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First, the mob of neighbors forces these women to get married. Then they turn on them and want to force them to separate.

There is a very good reason why a> the rule of law and b> the separation of religion, law, and the coercive power of the state are fundamental principles in the USA and other first world countries.

Posted by Burns0011 | Report as abusive

Hold the neighbors responsible for pressuring them. Otherwise, just leave them to live their lives. Oh wait, we are talking religion, the organized control of others. Sorry.

Posted by DennisMyers | Report as abusive