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Aceh official in hot water over 'vulgar' Indian dance at cultural festival

Jakarta Globe - September 21, 2015

Jakarta – An official in Aceh has been demoted for featuring a "vulgar" and "erotic" Indian dance performance during a cultural festival in the province's capital last week.

Banda Aceh Mayor Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal told news portal Detik.com on Sunday that she has demoted the city's Culture and Tourism Agency chief Fadhil for featuring the dance in the event, staged last Monday, arguing that the performance is not in accordance with Islamic shariah law, which Aceh adopted in 2001.

Fadhil "was sanctioned in relation to the cultural event in Banda Aceh. [The event] featured an Indian dance and the [female] dancers were not wearing hijabs," the mayor said, referring to the headscarf Muslim must wear in the predominantly Muslim province.

The dance "is not in line with [shariah law] as it features hugging and displays parts of a woman's body that must be covered," she said.

"I will not comment about art, but [the dance] clearly violates Islamic laws and it is fitting that I demote him," Illiza said. Fadhil, she said, has been reassigned to unspecified position inside the city's secretariat.

Source: http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/aceh-official-hot-water-vulgar-indian-dance-cultural-festival/