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Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by fergie001: 2:07pm On Sep 19, 2019
Indonesia is poised to pass a new penal code that criminalizes consensual sex outside marriage and introduces stiff penalties for insulting the president's dignity - a move rights groups criticized as an intrusive assault on basic freedoms.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim majority country and has substantial Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities, but has seen a recent trend towards deeper religious piety and conservative Islamic activism.

The new criminal code is due to be adopted in the next week after parliament and the government agreed a final draft on Wednesday, four parliamentarians told Reuters.

Lawmakers told Reuters that the new penal code, which would replace a Dutch colonial-era set of laws, was a long overdue expression of Indonesian independence and religiosity.

"The state must protect citizens from behavior that is contrary to the supreme precepts of God," said Nasir Djamil, a politician from the Prosperous Justice Party. He said leaders of all religions had been consulted on the changes given that Indonesia's founding ideology was based on belief in God.

Under the proposed laws, unmarried couples who "live together as a husband and wife" could be jailed for six months or face a maximum fine of 10 million rupiah ($710 or £570), which is three months' salary for many Indonesians.

A prosecution can proceed if a village chief, who heads the lowest tier of government, files a complaint with police, and parents or children of the accused do not object. Parents, children and spouses can also lodge a complaint.

The inclusion of the new power for village chiefs was warranted because "the victim of adultery is also society", another lawmaker, Teuku Taufiqulhadi, said.

CRITICISM

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, an NGO, said millions of Indonesians could be ensnared by the new laws. It noted a study indicating that 40 per cent of Indonesian adolescents engaged in pre-marital sexual activity.

"Across the board, this is a ratcheting up of conservatism. It's extremely regressive," said Tim Lindsey, director of the University of Melbourne's Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.

A maximum one-year prison term also can be applied to a person who has sex with someone who is not their spouse and a close family member lodges a complaint. The law also impacts homosexuals as gay marriage is not recognized in Indonesia.

The code also establishes prison terms for those found to commit "obscene acts", defined as violating norms of decency and politeness through "lust or sexuality", whether by heterosexuals or gay people.

The new laws will also apply to foreigners. However, asked whether tourists in Indonesia could face jail for extramarital sex, Taufiqulhadi said: "No problem, as long as people don't know."

There would also be a maximum four-year prison term for women who have an abortion, applicable if there was no medical emergency or rape involved. The code further introduces fines for some people who promote contraception, and a six-month prison term for unauthorized discussion of "tools of abortion".

In addition, local authorities would get greater freedom to introduce punishments for breaches of customary laws not covered in the penal code. There are more than 400 local regulations that activists say impinge civil rights, such as the mandatory wearing of a hijab, an Islamic headscarf for women.

Meanwhile, parliament has reintroduced the offence of "attacking the honor or dignity" of Indonesia's president and vice president. A similar law was struck down by the Constitutional Court in 2006, and the new version is likely to be challenged by rights activists as well.

Insulting the government and state institutions also carries a prison term.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1W32BV

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by fergie001: 2:11pm On Sep 19, 2019
Romance section peeps on NL right now.........

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by hisgrace090: 2:26pm On Sep 19, 2019
Good!

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by fergie001: 3:11pm On Sep 19, 2019
hisgrace090:
Good!
Why do you think so?

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by explosiveskull(m): 3:56pm On Sep 19, 2019
I heard they are mostly Muslims?

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by hisexcellency34: 3:56pm On Sep 19, 2019
can't work in Naija
Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by TroubleMaker47(m): 3:57pm On Sep 19, 2019
Mumu country

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by adewest1999(m): 3:57pm On Sep 19, 2019
grin
Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Bawizzo(m): 3:57pm On Sep 19, 2019
if u bring Dix law to naija, na even our girls go launch the protest.

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by roladex(f): 3:58pm On Sep 19, 2019
End time
Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Aarenasbaba(m): 3:58pm On Sep 19, 2019
Interesting
Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by MANNABBQGRILLS: 3:58pm On Sep 19, 2019
Millions should be ready to go to jail Truly.

#TeamNoSexBeforeMarriage


Shimran:

MANNABBGRILLS, you act by your thought/views despite other people's thought and this impresses me really. keep it up
One with God is a MAJORITY.
Thanks for the compliments sir.
Stay blessed.

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Kaycee7(m): 3:58pm On Sep 19, 2019
And as usual, women will bear the brunt of the punishment. They'll be alright las las
I sure say we go still dey chop, clean mouth for Bali. grin grin

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by adonainana: 3:58pm On Sep 19, 2019
Barbarians

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by noblealuu: 3:59pm On Sep 19, 2019
Whatever rocks their boat... shocked shocked shocked
Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Login12: 3:59pm On Sep 19, 2019
They want to infringe on people's right because of religion?

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Buliwyf: 3:59pm On Sep 19, 2019
This country is getting less secular by the day.

It was only a matter of time before the most populous Muslim nation begin implementing Taliban inspired policies. Watch how they will soon start breeding terrorists there.

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Holywizard: 3:59pm On Sep 19, 2019
Islam embarassed

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by chloride6: 3:59pm On Sep 19, 2019
Goodluck enacting Prohibition 2.0

We will be here when it fail
Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by tafat: 3:59pm On Sep 19, 2019
i dont think its a fair deal, any adult should have the right to sleep with whomever he or she desires irrespective of whether they are married or not provided it is totally consensual.

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by ruggedtimi(m): 4:00pm On Sep 19, 2019
omo this one na yawa for prostitutes..

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by GoldHorse(m): 4:00pm On Sep 19, 2019
Ki lo nse awon people ke? shocked

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by solmusdesigns: 4:00pm On Sep 19, 2019
grin



Foolish country, how would they no someone just had sex, as if couples would have sex in front of a police station and the girl would be screaming like goat,

But the Law criminalising insult of the president and the presidency go sweet for nigeria, all IPOBian member go finish for jail


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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Cajal(m): 4:00pm On Sep 19, 2019
Sharia
Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Cheers01: 4:00pm On Sep 19, 2019
Cc

Lanrexlan, Empiree, Rilwayne001, Saucyxo, vedaxcool.

Come and see how Islam is practiced when there is undiluted sharia.


Religion should be practiced moderately. Come and see how Indonesia is disgracing Islam.

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by Nobody: 4:01pm On Sep 19, 2019
So proud and lucky be living in a free country

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by chudez0147(m): 4:01pm On Sep 19, 2019
Very good. We need same here in Nigeria.
At least some people will stop giving birth to thieves.

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by legendarymega: 4:01pm On Sep 19, 2019
Do ubmean an average indonasia earn less than $1k in 3months?

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Re: Indonesia To Outlaw Sex Outside Marriage, Millions May Risk Jail by MrAnele(m): 4:01pm On Sep 19, 2019
Madness

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