Aceh village yanks Wi-Fi after kids caught accessing porn sites

BANDA ACEH (Indonesia) • A village in a conservative region of Indonesia is pulling the plug on wireless Internet after children were caught accessing porn sites instead of going to Quran study class, officials said yesterday.

Curee Baroh village in Aceh province has ordered half a dozen local cafes to shut their cheap Wi-Fi service immediately.

The village is in the district of Bireun, which made headlines this year when it banned men and women from dining together unless they were married or related.

Officials defended the new edict by saying the service, which costs about 21 US cents (28 Singapore cents) for five hours' use, was damaging children's morals.

"In the past, kids would recite the Quran after evening prayers but since Wi-Fi has become available, they're hanging out in these shops instead," said village head Helmiadi Mukhtaruddin, adding: "They're accessing pornographic images and other sites, which is very damaging to their morals."

The village of 900 people has not yet decided on a punishment for cafe owners who refuse to comply with the order.

BAD FOR MORALS

They're accessing pornographic images and other sites.

'' MR HELMIADI MUKHTARUDDIN, head of Curee Baroh village, on the children's surfing habit.

Aceh - the only region in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law - has drawn fire in the past for publicly whipping people found guilty of a range of offences including homosexuality, gambling and drinking alcohol.

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