Aceh is one of the most conservative provinces in Muslim-majority Indonesia, and the only part of the country that applies Sharia law for crimes such as adultery, alcohol consumption and homosexuality. The same day, a pair of German tourists were reportedly reprimanded and warned by local authorities for wearing bikinis on one of the province’s beaches.
On Tuesday, a Muslim couple accused of adultery along with a Christian woman were given 100 lashes.
Although the religious law previously applied only to Muslims, an amendment that took effect last year expanded its reach to followers of other religions in special cases, according to an official at the Central Aceh Prosecutor’s Office.
“This is the first case of a non-Muslim being punished under Islamic criminal law,” officer Lily Superli told AFP.
Aceh has been operating under Sharia since 2001, when it was declared partially autonomous in an effort to suppress a separatist insurgency.
For some Muslim women, stopping wearing a hijab or headscarf can be a difficult decision.
They may face opposition from their family or be despised by their community. And in some countries, laws increase this pressure.
Iran’s parliament recently passed a controversial bill that would significantly increase prison sentences and fines for women and girls who violate the strict dress code.
The bill – which needs the approval of the constitutional watchdog Guardian Council to become law – has sparked widespread protests with women taking to the streets and taking off their hijabs.
They were incensed by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody a year earlier. She was arrested for allegedly wearing her hijab too loosely.
“My dream was to have one day a week when only women could go out on the streets and wear whatever we wanted,” says Rebel, not her real name.
She was nine years old when her family, who lived in a town outside Tehran, the capital of Iran, started making her wear a chador. One of the most conservative types of hijab, the chador is a full-body cloak often with a small headscarf underneath.
By the age of six, her parents were preparing her to start covering.
“They kept telling me that I had to wear the hijab, that it was my duty to God, and that if I refused, I would be punished forever after my death – needless to say I would not be able to speak to my mother. “I will disgrace my father and upset him,” she tells the BBC.
She says that as a child, she dreamed of wearing shorts and T-shirts.
Rebel is now 23 and has left Tehran and taken refuge in Turkey, where she works as a tattoo artist.
She remembers being frightened by what her parents told her.
She says, “I was living with a constant feeling of guilt. I didn’t know where it came from but it was there.”
She was jealous of other girls in her community who wore a less conservative type of hijab.
Rebel is wearing a hijab which shows her eyes and forehead.
Source BBC , TIME, Reliable Media