The change is part of a new penal code that will take effect in three years; Pre-marital and extra-marital activities can be reported only by family members
The Indonesia This Tuesday, the 6th, the law banning sex outside of marriage was approved. Failure to comply could result in a prison sentence of one year for married couples, while six months for unmarried couples. Albert Aris, spokesman for the committee responsible for the law at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, supported the amendments and assured that the new rules would protect the institution of marriage. The change is part of a penal code that critics say is a setback to freedom in the Asian nation. Acts of premarital and extramarital sex can only be reported by spouses, parents, or children, limiting the scope of the review. Human rights groups have protested the amendments, which they say are a move towards civil rights and fundamentalism in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. “We’re going backwards. Repressive laws should have been abolished, but this law shows that the arguments of academics abroad are true, and our democracy is undeniably declining,” said Usman Hamid, Amnesty International’s Indonesia director.
The article has been criticized by businesses, who fear it will affect tourism. This change affects society LGBTQIA+ In Indonesia, same-sex marriage is not allowed. In another reform approved on Tuesday, the death penalty commonly imposed in Indonesia for drug-related crimes will be combined with a 10-year probation period, after which it will be commuted to life imprisonment if the offender shows exemplary behavior. Spreading ideologies contrary to the authority is punishable by up to four years in prison. Hundreds of people on Monday demonstrated against the law and displayed a yellow banner with the slogan “reject approval of the Penal Code Amendment”, which will come into effect in three years.
*With information from AFP
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