Indonesia: After sex abuse scandal in Islamic boarding school, girls required to wear face veils

In mid-July, the male head of a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in the ultraconservative province of Aceh, as well as one of the school’s male teachers, were arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting 15 of the school’s male students.”

The abuse was against male students, and caused such a scandal that the pesantren was temporarily closed and relocated elsewhere. Once that happened, it was the girls of the school who were punished. They are now forced to cover up, presumably to protect them from threats of sexual abuse, in keeping with Islamic doctrine:

(Quran 24:31) And tell the believing women to reduce of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.

If a woman does not cover, she is fair game to be assaulted:

(Quran 33:59) O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused.

“After sex abuse scandal rocks Islamic boarding school in Aceh, female students required to wear face veils,” Coconuts Jakarta News, August 1, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

In mid-July, the male head of a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in the ultraconservative province of Aceh, as well as one of the school’s male teachers, were arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting 15 of the school’s male students.

News of the arrests caused a massive scandal for the An-Nahlu pesantren, which had been located in the city of Lhokseumawe’s Panggoi Village, leading to officials temporarily closing the school and moving it to another location. This week, the pesantren’s male and female students began attending classes again but, in addition to the change in venue, female students are now required to wear a cadar (face veil) at all times while on the pesantren’s grounds as part of their uniform.

Out of the 137 students who re-enrolled in the school following its move, 50 are female students. The new head of the school, Tengku Sulaiman Daud, said that the new rule involving the cadar was an expansion on a previous requirement.

“In the past, female santri (pesantren students) were also required to wear a veil, but only while class was taking place. But now it is mandatory to wear the veil while on the pesantren’s grounds,” Sulaiman said on Sunday as quoted by Tribun….

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