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On patrol with Aceh's Sharia law police


The province of Aceh is one of the most conservative regions in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Most Muslims in the country are modern and moderate, and Indonesia's constitution recognises five official religions including Buddhism and Christianity.

But Aceh has special autonomy, and one of the ways it has defined itself as different from the rest of the country is through the implementation of Sharia law and the advent of the religious police - known as the Sharia police.

Their job is to make sure the Acehnese adhere to recently passed laws banning women from wearing tight trousers to ensuring that those who commit adultery will be stoned.

Karishma Vaswani joined the Sharia police on patrol one Saturday evening as they looked for "immoral" activities.


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