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Sharia police ticket 35 women for straddling motorcycles

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Shariah police ticketed 35 women in Indonesia Friday for straddling motorcycles in the latest crackdown on non-Islamic behavior.

The Shariah police were conducting checks in Aceh's city of Lhokseumawe to monitor the administration's bylaw that prohibits female passengers from straddling motorcycles.

"The aim of the raid is to uphold and inform people the regulation on straddling motorcycle issued by the mayor," Irsyadi, the acting chief of the Lhokseumawe Shariah police, told the Jakarta Globe Friday. "We also warned people who were not dressed up in an Islamic way. With what we did today, people will be more aware [of the regulation]."

The women were let off with a warning to sit differently and wear more conservative clothing.

Lhokseumawe Mayor Suadi Yahya explained that the bylaw was expected to discourage women from wearing pants in public.

"We want to save women from things that will cause them to violate Shariah law," he said, according to the Jakarta Globe. "We wish to honor women with this ban, because they are delicate creatures."

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