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North Aceh bans unmarried couples from motorbike rides

North Aceh bans unmarried couples from motorbike rides

A district in Indonesia's Aceh has passed legislation banning unmarried men and women from riding together on motorbikes, a lawmaker said Monday, the latest new Islamic regulation in the conservative province, according to the Jakarta Post.

Members of court in North Aceh district approved the regulation last week, which will come into effect in a year, said lawmaker Fauzan Hamzah.
"Unmarried people sitting closely together on a motorcycle is clearly against Islamic sharia as it could lead to sinful acts," Hamzah told AFP.

Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country that is allowed to apply Islamic law and began implementing sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an effort by the central government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.

The latest move to ban shared motorbike rides, which will affect more than 500,000 people on North Aceh, came after one city in Aceh in 2013 prohibited women from straddling male drivers on motorbikes, requiring that they ride sidesaddle instead.

Updated : 2021-09-29 09:21 GMT+08:00