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Ban on 'straddling bikes' draws outcry

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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Ban on 'straddling motorbikes' draws Indonesia outcry

By Kathy Quiano and Kevin Voigt, CNN
updated 8:20 AM EST, Fri January 4, 2013
An Acehnese woman rides on the back of a motorcycle in Banda Aceh on January 2.
An Acehnese woman rides on the back of a motorcycle in Banda Aceh on January 2.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A city in Indonesia may prohibit women wearing pants and "straddling" bikes
  • The central government could step in and prohibit the law, which hasn't be formally passed
  • Mayor: Law will "save women from things that will cause them to violate Shariah law"
  • Indonesia human rights advocates were upset by the move, calling it discriminatory

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- The central government may step in to stop a city in Aceh province from prohibiting women from wearing pants and "straddling" motorbikes or bicycles, requiring women to instead ride two-wheel vehicles "sidesaddle."

The mayor of the town of Lhokseumawe told the Jakarta Globe this week that the town planned to submit the new rule because "we've seen that people's behaviors and morals are getting far from Aceh's Islamic cultural values."

"We want to save women from things that will cause them to violate Shariah law. We wish to honor women with this ban, because they are delicate creatures," the Globe quoted Mayor Suaidi Yahya as saying.

Home Affairs Ministry spokesman Reydonnyzar Moenek said "the proposed regulations need to be clarified and evaluated by the home affairs minister before the local government can issue it as a decree."

"There have been criticisms that the proposed decree is discriminatory and has a gender bias," said Reydonnyzar. However, he added that local regulations, particularly for Aceh -- which has a special autonomy status -- need to reflect the local culture, traditions and aspirations of citizens.

The ministry will wait for the Lhokseumawe authorities to submit the draft for consideration, the spokesman said. The ministry can repeal local regulations.

In 2012, Jakarta identified 173 local regulations that were contradictory to national laws and interests, the ministry spokesman said. Some were Shariah-based laws; others were regulations considered unfavorable towards investment and business.

Indonesia human rights advocates were upset by the move. "Why deal with something like (straddling)?" asked Destika Gilang Lestari, Aceh coordinator for the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, a nongovernment organization. "The mayor should focus on the fulfillment of the rights of victims of conflict that still needs the government's attention," as well as poverty alleviation and social welfare, she added.

The area was hardest hit by the 2004 South Asia tsunami, which killed tens of thousands across 14 countries. In 2005, the Indonesian government and Aceh rebel signed a peace treaty that ended nearly 30 years of fighting in a civil war that killed 15,000 people.

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teri4lance
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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They are going to really see how delicate they are with their heads cracked open from riding unsafely.
Honors women my ass.
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Traci_Momof2
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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The "delicate creatures" comment made me snort.

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

You cannot "protect" women by controlling women in this way. Fucking hell. 

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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Great example of allowing religion to write the laws!

radioheid
by Libertarian on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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 "Delicate creatures"? *facepalm*

Side-saddling is NOT safe.


"Roger that. Over."

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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

o.O


lga1965
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

 Women were supposed to ride horses side-saddle here in America too, a few centuries ago. They thought straddling a horse might be too...stimulating,ya know, and unladylike.

Stupid men.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM


Quoting radioheid:

 "Delicate creatures"? *facepalm*

Side-saddling is NOT safe.


They wouldn't be allowed to wear pants either. I surely wouldn't want to see the results of wearing a skirt or dress that somehow got caught up in the spokes or other parts of a moving vehicle.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM
Wearing a skirt side saddle on a bike is just asking for injury.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM
Exactly... :-/

Quoting meriana:



Quoting radioheid:


 "Delicate creatures"? *facepalm*


Side-saddling is NOT safe.



They wouldn't be allowed to wear pants either. I surely wouldn't want to see the results of wearing a skirt or dress that somehow got caught up in the spokes or other parts of a moving vehicle.

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