Malang Policewomen Allowed to Wear Hijab on Fridays Despite Nationwide Ban

By Dyah Ayu Pitaloka on 10:22 pm Nov 01, 2013
Category Featured, News

A female officer with the Malang Police dons a headscarf ordered from Aceh while on duty in her office on Friday. (JG Photo/ Dyah Ayu Pitaloka)

A policewoman in Malang wears a headscarf while on duty. (JG Photo/Dyah Ayu Pitaloka)

Malang, East Java. Policewomen in Malang are now allowed to wear Islamic headdress to work on Fridays, a regulation that has been effective since last month following an increasing number of requests by local female officers.

In light of the concession, female officers are now hoping they will soon be allowed to wear head scarves to work daily.

“It’s better to wear a hijab, it’s more efficient. We don’t have to comb our hair but we’d still look tidy. It’s also good when we have to work at night,” said Dewi Fitria, a member of Malang Police’s community guidance unit on Friday.

Dewi has been wearing a head scarf for the past two-and-a-half months and she adopted the style used by female Aceh police officers who wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts plus the head scarf.

“In Islam, the regulation about the hijab varies. There’s a requirement [for women] to be covered to the chest, but the head scarves we wear are the same as those worn by female police officers in Aceh. We order them from there and get them delivered in three days,” she said.

Dewi said similar outfits are worn by policewomen in Blitar and Jombang in East Java, adding that female officers would continue to fight for the right to wear the hijab to work every day.

“We have a group on Facebook, called Polwan Indonesia. There’s a senior [female] officer — an adjutant senior commissioner — who is constantly pushing for a clear regulation about head scarves for female police officers,” she said.

Meanwhile, Malang Police chief Adj. Snr. Cmr. Adi Deriyan Jayamarta said aside from Aceh, there are no clear rules regulating the wearing of head scarves by policewomen while on duty.

Adi said the regulation to allow female officers in Malang to wear the hijab on Fridays was issued because of a request from several officers who also regularly wear the hijab daily while off duty.

“Between 50 percent and 80 percent of policewomen wear the hijab after working hours. I allowed them to wear it only on Fridays voluntarily,” he said.

  • TGIF

    “It’s better to wear a hijab, it’s more efficient. We don’t have to comb
    our hair but we’d still look tidy. It’s also good when we have to work
    at night,” said Dewi Fitria, a member of Malang Police’s community
    guidance unit on Friday.” GREAT approach. Right…whatever. Well then it would also save money on needless HAIR SUPPLIES.

    • Rahadi widodo

      Lets all cover our head as men to so we dont need to buy shampoo is basically what she is saying……geee i think hygiene is better example to send to our kids instead of being lazy, not once did she say its for religious purposes….

      • ben

        I don’t know about wearing hijab will look professional to do their duties as police. How about make up? To joint force require uniformity, and no exemption. Anything smells islamic, the Government has to bend backward, isn’t it.

  • Voxclara

    Oh dear… another islamization that is taking place…

  • Dirk

    In today’s Indonesia, Aceh leads the way.

  • jezabel

    yes it seems it is

  • MadWorld

    Islam permits devout muslim (Dewi must be a devout muslim because she insists on wearing the kerudung), to lie , to cheat and bluff non-muslim to protect, to PROMOTE her/his religion of islam, if need be to break the Dress code of the police force, anytime, anywhere( also during her duty) (Islamic Taqiyya).

  • MadWorld

    Wear it during Haloween its more appropriate I guess.