Thursday, January 03, 2013

Indonesian city bans straddling women from motorbikes

A city in Indonesia's Aceh province has banned women from straddling male drivers on motorbikes after officials deemed the position "improper". 

The move comes after leaders from the country's only province ruled by strict sharia law drafted a series of new bills including banning women from wearing tight trousers, stoning adulterers and flogging homosexuals. Under the new law, women in Lhokseumawe city, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, will have to sit "side-saddle" with their legs dangling off to one side.

"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," Suaidi Yahya said. "It's improper for women to sit astride. We implement Islamic law here."

Women are allowed to straddle motorbikes if they are driving, as long as they are dressed "in a Muslim way", Yahya said. The mayor plans to publicise the ban in coming weeks and will discuss sanctions with local Muslim clerics before issuing a formal regulation.


Brixter said...

Straddling a motorbike will make them lose their virginity, you know. ;). No no no

AnglBlshes said...

Sounds like something the Republicans would come up with here.

Anonymous said...

They're banning women from stoning adulterers or flogging homosexuals?? Terrible! Women should be equal!