Expelled Indonesian schoolgirls face jail for dancing to Maroon 5
TO Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, where five girls are condemned for dancing to a Maroon 5 song. All five have been expelled from school. They are banned from taking exams. They could end up in juvenile detention for “tainting religion”.
We don’t know who posted the video online, just that it was being shared around their girl’s home town when a teacher at their school saw it and grassed them to he thought police.
The headmaster of the school and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). are discussing the girls’ behaviour as matter of extreme urgency. Headmaster Muallimin tells us:
“The students were performing Sholat [prayer] movement with dancing while alternately reciting [the] Koran and turning on ‘One More Night’ music.”
It’s a Mo-Maroon mash-up.
Adj. Comr. Alhajat, the Tolitoli Police chief of detectives, says the five girls are charged with blasphemy against religion under article 156 of the Criminal Code.
At time like this we look for a voice of reason. The Jakata Post finds chairman of the Central Sulawesi chapter of the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI), Ali Muhammad Aljufri. He says:
“They are still young and need guidance from their parents and teachers. Expelling them is not a good example of guidance. The school authorities should instead be punished for their action.”
“We also fear that other delinquencies could arise due to the depression they may suffer,” he said, adding that they should be offered guidance and provided with religious knowledge to face the consequences of their deeds.
“The video showed that those involved in educating them, be their parents and teachers, as well as the MUI, should be more active in teaching the teenagers moral values in accordance with religious teachings.”