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How to reform an Aceh punk

Police round up up Shariah-law province's punk rockers for moral reform
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Juanda a.k.a Lowbatt, a punk member, pratices with his street punk rock band called Boeloek. (Fauzan Ijazah/GlobalPost)

In Aceh, a fundamentalist Islamic province in Indonesia, canoodling with your girlfriend can lead to public canings.

So you can imagine how the cops feel about punk rock teenagers with tangerine-colored mohawks.

Police have rounded up more than 60 Aceh punk rockers for moral reform, according to the Jakarta Globe. This is how one police chief described the punks' "re-education" to the media outlet.

"First their hair will be cut. Then they will be tossed into a pool. The women’s hair we’ll cut in the fashion of a female police officer ... we’ll change their disgusting clothes. We’ll replace them with nice clothes. We’ll give them toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, sandals and prayer gear."

Global Post caught up with the Aceh punks for this photo series "Punks Fight Law and Law Wins" back in June.

Sounds like the law is still winning.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/how-reform-aceh-punk