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Indonesia imposes up to one year jail term for extramarital sex

Jakarta: Indonesia’s parliament is expected to pass a new criminal code this month to punish sex outside of marriage, officials confirmed.

The law change also prohibits insulting the president or state institutions, or expressing opinions contrary to Indonesia’s national ideology. Cohabitation before marriage is also prohibited.

In 2019, student groups demonstrated against a proposed amendment to Indonesia’s penal code that would ban extramarital sex.credit:Getty Images

After decades, a new criminal code is due to be passed on December 15, said Indonesia’s undersecretary of justice, Edward Omar Sharif Hiariyezi.

“I am proud to have a criminal law that is in line with Indonesian values,” he said in an interview.

Bambang Uryanto, a parliamentarian involved in the draft, said the new code could be passed as early as next week.

If the code is passed, it will apply to both Indonesian citizens and foreigners, and business groups have expressed concerns about how the regulation will damage Indonesia’s image as a vacation and investment destination. increase.

The draft has the support of some Islamic groups in a country with rising conservatism, but opponents overturn liberal reforms enacted after the fall of authoritarian leader Suharto in 1998. claims.

A previous draft of the code was due to pass in 2019, sparked nationwide protestsAt the time, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against many laws, especially those regulating morality and freedom of speech.

Critics say minimal changes have been made to the code since then, but the government has held public consultations across the country in recent months to provide information on the changes.

Indonesia imposes up to one year jail term for extramarital sex

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