Jakarta, NU Online:
Bowing to pressure from Muslim groups, politicians and rights activists, the National Police is set to revoke an internal regulation that bans female officers from wearing the Muslim headscarf or hijab, The Jakarta Post reported.
National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said that a team led by the National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo was working on a draft regulation that would allow female members of the corps to wear the hijab while on duty.
“We could revise the existing regulation [on the ban] or issue a new regulation to accommodate the rights of female officers to wear the hijab,” Boy said, referring to a 2005 decree by the National Police chief that ordered all members of the corps to wear only official uniform items and specifically prohibited female officers from wearing the hijab.
The decree, however, excludes female members of the corps in Aceh due to the province’s 2011 sharia-inspired bylaws that oblige all women to cover their hair.