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A village in Aceh, Indonesia has banned Wi-Fi at cyber cafés after teens were caught missing Quran classes and watching porn.

On November 13, Curee Baroh village leaders in the Bireun regency, Aceh issued a circular that calls for all cafés to remove free Wi-Fi, The Jakarta Post reported. The leaders said youngsters were flocking to cafés when they should have been at school and mosques.

The village head of Curee Baroh, Helmiadi Mukhtaruddin said some cafés allowed access to pornography, which got in the way of youngsters’ Quran studies as well as influencing their morality. He also added that children in the area would often lie about going to mosques when they actually went to internet cafés.

M. Zubair, the head of Bireun Communications and Information Agency said while many cafés provide Wi-Fi for visitors to the area, only Curee Baroh has imposed a ban. Zubair said the ban is supported as long as it benefits the younger generation in the long run.

Zubair added that while the circular is not legally binding, residents are expected to follow it nonetheless.

As for the Sharia Agency in Bireun, the group head Jufliwan said he supported any regulations that complied with Sharia Law in the province but added that there is no need for the ban as it does not really benefit residents in the area.

While Aceh has upheld regional autonomy principles, human rights advocates have condemned several examples of the implementation of Sharia law. Just weeks ago a circular was issued to prevent male and female customers who were not married or related from sitting together at the same table in restaurants.

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