Citizens of Aceh are starting to enforce sharia laws by themselves.
People in various villages of Aceh have begun to take upon themselves the job of enforcing Islamic law in a complete way, it is said. For example, in the area of Lampoh Daya in Banda Aceh on the 8th of March dozens of young men surprised two unmarried couples who were thought to be engaged in lustful behaviour in a quiet corner of the village.
Then again in Cot Leuet, Blang Bintang, Aceh Besar, on the 11th, residents raided a house and found another couple up to no good. The village head, Hasyim Ahmad, says people had noticed a man, who as it turns out is a policeman, going into the house often. The house was occupied by a mother of one child, and the man waited until the woman's husband and child were no longer at home before visiting.
The head of the Sharia office of the Banda Aceh government, Natsir Ilyas, says he supports the people's efforts to rid the province of sin but that they shouldn't go over the top and act and judge and jury. Natsir says those caught in citizens' arrests should be handed over to the relevant authorities. gatra