The women, who had been married legally for a few months, were
also forced to sign an agreement to separate, reports the
The couple were married in front of an Islamic cleric, while one
of them passed as a man during proceedings.
Suspicious neighbours reported them to police and the Sharia
police chief told them Islam said they should be beheaded and
burned for what they had done.
Aceh is the only province in Indonesia allowed to implement
Sharia law, and while Islamic law was passed by the provincial
parliament to authorise the stoning to death of adulterers and the
caning of homosexuals in 2009, the governor has refused to sign
Activists have blamed Aceh's Sharia laws for encouraging
vigilantism and intolerance, and say they violate the Indonesian