Rather than helping the people, in a number of areas, troops are intimidating villagers, scaring them away from their villages and then looting their homes, and in several cases, killing alleged separatists who are not armed.
In recent years Islamic
doctrine has assumed a more visible place in the Indonesian legal system. This
trend arguably dates from the passage of the National Marriage Act in the
mid-1970s, which for the first time gave explicit recognition to Islamic
doctrine as state law. Its most conspicuous manifestations, however, have
occurred since the mid-80s. In 1989 the Religious Judicature Act significantly
expanded the system of Islamic courts, ended their subordination to the civil
courts, and enlarged the courts' substantive jurisdiction.