JAKARTA, Indonesia – From a missing plane being found after 3 days since it lost contact with air traffic control to lesbians in Aceh being forced to undergo rehabilitation, here’s the top stories to start your day.
1. Missing plane found
Rescuers Monday, October 5, found the wreckage of a plane carrying 10 people that disappeared during a flight in central Indonesia last week, the latest accident to hit the archipelago nation’s aviation sector.
The Aviastar aircraft, whose passengers included three children, went missing Friday shortly after taking off from a remote airport on Sulawesi island en route for the city of Makassar to the south. Some pasengers were found dead. Read more.
2. Lesbians rehabilitated
Two Indonesian women will undergo rehabilitation after they were arrested under suspicion of being lesbians.
The 18-year-old and 19-year-old women were detained earlier by Islamic Shariah police in Aceh province, known for its conservative Islamic laws. The two, only known by their initials AS, 18 years old, and N, 19, were arrested after they were caught sitting and hugging on Tuesday, September 28th, at about 11pm. Read more.
3. Najib wants arrests
Malaysia’s premier has called upon Indonesia to act against those responsible for raging forest and agricultural fires that have blanketed the region in smog for weeks, as Malaysian schools closed again for two days out of health concerns.
“They (plantation companies) are operating there, we want Indonesia to take action,” Prime Minister Najib Razak was quoted saying by state news agency Bernama late on Sunday. Bernama said Najib blamed this year’s annual “haze” problem for deteriorating air quality in Malaysia and added it was affecting the economy, giving no further details. Read more.
4. Muslim speed dating
Looking out nervously from her pink headscarf, Malaysian single Siti Aisha chats with a man she has never met, but who could become her husband following their Islamic speed-dating session.
The pair talk shyly for a few minutes under the watchful eyes of Siti’s parents until a bell prompts the dozens of male participants to shift to a new table and a new prospective wife. Read more.
5. Female circumcision still in practice
Female circumcision, also called female genital cutting (FGC) or mutilation (FGM), is rarely discussed openly in Indonesia, yet tens of millions of Indonesian girls and women are believed to have undergone some form of FGC.
There are two main reasons parents have their daughters undergo FGC in Indonesia: the first is religious, as many Muslims here believe that female circumcision is an Islamic requirement, or at the very least, is highly recommended in Islam. The second reason is because it is believed to reduce women’s sexual desire and libido. Read more. – Rappler.com
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