Tight Pants have been banned by local government officials in Indonesia's Aceh province in an effort to shape the populace according the religious viewpoints of the government. Skirts were also given out by police for women to wear, fitting a Muslim tradition.
The police in Aceh province began arresting women for wearing tight pants and skirts Thursday after a new law was passed forcing citizens to honor Muslim tradition. 20,000 long skirts were distributed for women to wear until they can adjust their wardrobe. Police are not forcing women to become Muslim, but they are requiring them to wear traditional clothing, reported Foxnews.com.
“The [Tight Pants] rule applies only to Muslim residents in West Aceh. We don't enforce it for non-Muslims, but are asking them to respect us,” Ramli Mansur, head of West Aceh district told the Associated Press.
The dress code will be in effect permanently, but the recent raids are a part of a two month crackdown designed to get people follow the law.
Local clothing shops are no longer allowed to sell short skirts in stores, but pants are still open for purchase.
Women caught wearing tight pants or short skirts could face up to weeks in detention for their unlawful attire. Most of the recent violations have resulted in only temporary holdings, in addition to a change of clothes.