Indonesian island becomes centre of harsh Muslim law

Demonstration Pro The Full Sharia Law at Aceh - Indonesia

Full sharia law has been approved by politicians in Aceh, Indonesia, allowing Muslim adulterers to be stoned to death. Politicians in the staunchly Islamic province of Aceh passed the law which will allow punishments of up to 100 lashes for offences including rape, the consumption of alcohol, homosexuality and gambling. The bill was passed unanimously by all political parties in the Sumatran province, as a prevention to "moral degradation." One of the voices against the law, Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf, a former rebel fighter of the separatist Free Aceh Movement, wanted a delay in the bill. Yusuf had said he would prefer only moderate sharia law, enforcing modest Muslim dress codes, mandatory prayers and the giving of alms to the poor. The law, which will be effective in 30 days, stipulates punishments of up to 100 lashes of the cane for an unmarried person who commits adultery, and death by stoning for a married person.

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