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jakarta. Despite criticism and protests, Parliament in Indonesia passed a law on Tuesday that sex is punishable outside of marriage. In 2019, protests had stopped a similar project. © Donal Husni Demonstration against a law that prohibits sex outside of marriage, in front of the House of Representatives in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Monday.
In Indonesia, sex outside of marriage is to be banned and punished with up to one year in prison. The parliament in the Southeast Asian island state is expected to approves a corresponding law on Tuesday. Critics urgently asked the House of Representatives not to say goodbye to the law because it violates civil rights in the largest Islamic country on earth. According to the plans, the new legislation should come into force in three years.
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"Indonesia wants to take the path of the violating disaster by punishing extramarital sex," warned Phil Robertson, deputy director of the human rights organization Human Rights Watch, a few days ago on Twitter. On Monday, hundreds of people went on the streets in several Indonesian cities to protest against the project. As early as 2019, there was a draft law for a new code of conduct, but was initially postponed due to mass protests.
not only sex under unmarried should be prohibited: According to the law, couples should no longer live together before marriage. In the event of a violation, six months in prison would threaten. However, the police only take investigations if a family member submits a complaint. This point is a compromise between liberals and conservatives in parliament. Tourists, for example on the holiday island of Bali, should hardly be affected by the law.
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has not yet been a criminal offense, but both are considered taboo in the conservative country. The Islamic legal system of the Sharia is only implemented in the province of Aceh on the northwest tip of the island of Sumatra. Sex outside of marriage is punished there with up to 100 pitches.
The population in Indonesia is currently struggling with the consequences of several natural disasters. In the past two weeks there has been an earthquake in the island state, a volcanic eruption and floods.
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