Thursday, August 25, 2011
Islamic police in the Indonesian province of Aceh have forced two women to have their marriage annulled and sign an agreement to separate
The women had been legally married for a few months after one of them passed as a man in front of an Islamic cleric who presided over their wedding. But suspicious neighbors confronted the couple and reported them to police. The two women are now back with their families, forcibly separated and under surveillance by the Islamic police. The local Sharia police chief told them that Islam said they must be beheaded and burned for what they had done. The provincial parliament passed Islamic laws authorizing the stoning to death of adulterers and the caning of homosexuals in 2009.