A strict Islamic district in Indonesia has forbidden men and women to dine together unless they are married or related to make women "more obedient" and "behave well."
The deeply Islamic province of Aceh, which operates under Sharia Law, announced today that it will prevent unmarried couples from eating together in public, an official said.
Aceh is the only region in the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world that imposes Islamic law and has been criticized in the past for imposing moral restrictions on women.
It also attracted worldwide condemnation for publicly lashing people convicted of a variety of crimes, including homosexuality, gambling and alcohol consumption.
The young people of Aceh sit in a restaurant in Bireun, a district in the eastern province of Aceh, Indonesia, where as of today restaurants should not serve women unless they are accompanied by their husband or a relative.
A Muslim woman is beaten with 23 blows after being caught in the vicinity of her boyfriend in Banda Aceh in October 2016
The deeply Islamic province of Aceh in Indonesia forbade men and women to dine together unless they are married or related
Under the latest Islamic regulation, women in the Bireuen district on the island of Sumatra may not share a table with men in restaurants and cafeterias unless they are accompanied by their husband or a close male relative.
Co-workers at their lunch break will also be prohibited from sharing a meal.
Jufliwan, the head of the local Sharia agency, which like many Indonesians has a single name, told AFP today: "The goal is to protect the dignity of women so that they feel more comfortable, more at ease, more educated and do not do anything that violates sharia (Islamic law) & # 39;
Another part of the directive, signed by the district chief last month, said that women who were alone or not with the family should not be served in restaurants and cafes after 9:00 p.m.
Of seven couples who spent time together outside of marriage, 13 were killed while one woman was saved after it was discovered she was pregnant
Crowds watch and film punishment on their mobile phones in front of a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Authorities say it will be up to restaurateurs to enforce the regulation, although criminals will not be punished.
Three years ago, the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, banned unaccompanied women in entertainment venues such as cafeterias and sports halls after 11:00 pm.
In 2013, the city of Lhokseumawe, in northern Sumatra, ordered the women to sit on the bikes with their legs dangling to the side.
The mayor at the time said that male drivers straddle motorcycles were "inappropriate."
In 2016, a Muslim woman was killed 23 times after being caught in the vicinity of her boyfriend in Banda, Aceh.
Of seven couples who spent time together outside of marriage, 13 were beaten while a woman was saved after it was discovered she was pregnant.
A woman from Aceh is flogged by a religious official for spending time with a man who is not her husband, which is contrary to Sharia law