Officials in a devoutly Islamic area distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as an order banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect.
The skirts will be given to women caught violating the dress code in the district of West Aceh. In raids yesterday, Islamic police caught 18 women travelling on motorbikes who were wearing traditional headscarves but were also dressed in jeans. Each was given a long skirt and her trousers were confiscated. They were released from custody after giving their identities and receiving advice from Islamic preachers.