13 May 2019
39 women slapped with notices for wearing sexy attire during Ramadan
KOTA BARU: Thirty-nine women in Kelantan were slapped with notices by the state Islamic Affairs and Religious Department (JAHEAIK) for dressing sexily and behaving indecently in public during the fasting month.
JAHEAIK assistant chief director (syariah law division) Mohd Fadzuli Mohd Zain said the women were slapped with the notices during a nine-hour operation here yesterday.
He said 70 enforcement officers from several agencies such as JAHEAIK, Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB), state Welfare Department and the police took part in the operation which ended about 7pm last night.
“The operations which started at 10am covered several locations in the town areas.
“During the operations, 39 women were slapped with the notices and need to attend counselling sessions in stages as set by the department while eight others were given warning not to repeat their act,” he said.
He said the eight women were also warned not to wear sexy attires in public.
Fadzuli said during the operation two men were caught at a restaurant for not fasting.
He said the department would continue to carry out similar operations from time to time to nab those who breached provisions in the syariah law.
PETALING JAYA: Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in Islam (SIS) today slammed the Kelantan religious authorities for issuing summonses to 39 women for dressing sexily and behaving indecently in public.
It said the state Islamic Affairs and Religious Department (JAHAEIK) should stop its operations to police and summon women for their dressing
SIS also urged the department to cancel notices issued to the women to attend counselling.
“The obsession to control what women wear what needs to stop,” SIS communications manager Majidah Hashim said in a statement.
“Not only does this practice humiliate and degrade the value of women, the compulsive need to control what women wears implies that she is mentally, physically and spiritually defective and a danger to the moral order of society.”
New Straits Times had earlier quoted JAHEAIK assistant chief director (shariah law division) Mohd Fadzuli Mohd Sain as saying the women were slapped with the notices during a nine-hour operation in Kota Bharu yesterday.
Apart from the 39, eight others were given warnings not to repeat their actions or dress sexily in public, the daily said.
Fadzuli also said that two men were caught at a restaurant for not fasting.
Majidah expressed concern for the “unfair” targeting of Muslim women and questioned why summonses were not issued to men who “failed to guard their modesty by lowering their gaze as commanded by Islam”.
“This discrimination unfairly suggests that women are exclusively to be blamed for social and moral ills within the community,” she said.
She quoted verses on modesty from the Al-Quran which she said implied that “no material used or discarded can take priority over piety, whether or not clothing is used”.
“We urge that JAHAEIK make efforts to understand the realities of the community which they serve as a whole, as well as the systemic causes of social ills, which do not stem from how women choose to dress,” she said.
12 April 2018
KOTA BARU: Women who wear indecent attire including tight dresses and pants in public are considered to have committed an offence under the Shariah law in Kelantan.
According to sources, Kelantan Islamic Affairs Department and Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB) could apply the law to penalise the suspected offenders.
A source said the department and MPKB had the right to take action against both locals and outsiders if they were found to wear “sexy” dresses.
He said the action was to encourage women to protect their “aurat”, or areas of the body which must be covered under Islamic teachings.
“During certain operations, the department and MPKB do not issue any summonses and only warn the offenders against repeating the offence.
“In some other cases, the women have been issued with summonses and notice to attend counselling,” said the source.
Under Section 5 of Kelantan Syariah Criminal Enactment Code 1985, women who are dressed in sexy or tight clothing in public places are liable to be fined up to RM1,000, a jail sentence of up to six months, or both, upon conviction.