Indonesian city will ban women from straddling motorcycles
A city in Indonesia's province of Aceh will ban women passengers from straddling motorbikes, calling the position 'improper'.
The move comes after leaders from the country's only province ruled under sharia law drafted a series of new bills, including banning women from wearing tight pants, and allowing the stoning of adulterers and the flogging of homosexuals.
| These guys are acting like the San Francisco city council. Or Mayor Bloomberg...|
Under the new law, women in Lhokseumawe city, on the northern tip of Sumatra, will have to sit 'side-saddle' with their legs off to the side.
Mayor Suaidi Yahya said on Wednesday, "Women sitting on motorbikes must not sit astride because it will provoke the male driver. It's also to protect women from an undesirable condition. It's improper for women to sit astride. We implement Islamic law here."
Yaha added that women are allowed to straddle motorbikes if they are driving, as long as they are dressed 'in a Muslim way'.
The mayor plans to publicize the ban in upcoming weeks and will discuss sanctions with local Muslim clerics before issuing formal regulations.
Aceh began implementing sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001. Authorities now regularly cane people caught gambling or drinking alcohol.
Posted by: ryuge 2013-01-04