JAKARTA, Indonesia –An Indonesian lawmaker on Tuesday (June 5th) criticised as unconstitutional a new set of regulations being drafted in the city of Tasikmalaya.
The regulations, based on Islamic sharia law, would require all women, including visitors to the city in West Java, to wear headscarves, multiple media reports said.
They also ban corruption, prostitution, adultery, homosexuality, drug use and trafficking, consuming alcoholic beverages, watching pornography, thuggery, promoting cults and abortion, Bernama reported.
The new rules are "intended mainly to educate people to live in accordance with Islamic teachings," news reports quoted Tasikmalaya City secretary Tio Indra Setiadi as saying. A special team would be set up to oversee compliance with the laws, expected to go into force later this month, he added.
"Local council members should oppose this kind of regulation," Eva Kusuma Sundari, a lawmaker from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), told The Jakarta Post.
"I also urge President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi to curb the local politicians who are challenging our constitution," she said.
"This is anti-constitutional and discriminatory!" Tribunnews quoted her as saying of the Tasikmalaya laws. "The mayor is not only showing a treasonous and subversive attitude towards the constitution, but he is violating regional autonomy laws, which state that matters of law, security and religion are not under local authority."