Aceh ulema council continues to call for public caning as punishment for playing PUBG and other violent games

Photo: PUBG Mobile
Photo: PUBG Mobile

Islamic scholars in Aceh are not giving up their relentless crusade against violent video games after they renewed calls for capital punishment on those who play them in the conservative province.

The Ulema Consultative Assembly (MPU), Aceh’s senior clerical body, issued a fatwa (religious edict) last year declaring that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and other violent video games are haram (forbidden) under Sharia principles. MPU then called for public caning as a possible punishment for those caught playing such games.

But the regional government has yet to adopt the fatwa as a Qanun (sharia legal edict), meaning playing PUBG is not a caneable offense just yet.

“It is very appropriate for the sharia land that is Aceh that those who perform haram actions be caned in accordance with the laws of Aceh,” MPU West Aceh chapter chairman Teungku Abdurrani Adian said.

Abdurrani is also calling for the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the top clerical body in Indonesia, to support MPU’s crusade against PUBG and similar games, which he said offer no tangible benefits to players (he presumably has never had a chicken dinner).

Public caning is a punishment usually reserved for those who commit morality-based crimes in Aceh, such as adultery, drinking alcohol, gay sex, and even holding hands.

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