Indonesia women police officers may be allowed to wear headscarf

June 21, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Amid growing public pressure, the National Police said Wednesday (June 19th) they will reconsider a dress code regulation that prohibits women in uniform from wearing an Islamic headscarf (jilbab) while on duty, The Jakarta Globe reported.

National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said the 2005 regulation could eventually be repealed. "This regulation is now being re-evaluated ... to accommodate and allow" female officers to wear a jilbab if they prefer.

Islamic groups, including Muhammadiyah, the country's second-biggest Islamic organisation, recently criticised the rule, propelling it into public debate. Police had banned the jilbab, saying it restricts an officer's peripheral vision and mobility.


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