Holding hands, flirting, drinking alcohol – those things are all against the law in Banda Aceh. Sharia law is in effect there. Special police ensure people adhere to Islamic rules. Anyone who violates them is in danger of being caned.
The election campaign for Indonesia's next president has been dominated by the role of political Islam. Experts say the young voters, who comprise a big chunk of the electorate, are in support of conservative Islam.
More than 190 million Indonesian voters have been to the polls for an election that will test the country's democracy. The two presidential candidates have similar ideas, but very different leadership styles.
Elke Müller is fighting for her daughter Anna, who fell in love with a young Afghan and converted to Islam. Her mother spoke to DW about feeling alienated and her fear that Anna might become radicalized.
New sharia laws in Brunei include death by stoning for gay sex and adultery. Experts say the harsh punishment is unlikely to be implemented due to the high bar of proof.
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