Indonesia probes town's use of Islamic law

West Java mayor summoned to explain regulation that residents must live by religious standards.

    The government of Indonesia is investigating whether a town in West Java has violated national law by introducing Islamic law.

    The mayor of Tasikmalaya has been called to Jakarta to explain the content of a regulation that declares that women should cover their heads and people should live in an Islamic manner.

    The new regulations come as a result of pressure from the Islamic Defenders Front, a group known for violent acts against religious minorities in the multi-religious nation.

    Indonesia is a secular country, but in recent years there have been 79 regulations related to Islamic law introduced in several regions.

    Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from West Java.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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