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Indonesia: Millions risk jail as sex outside of marriage is criminalized

Indonesia: Millions risk jail as sex outside of marriage is criminalized

Country: 
Indonesia
News Date: 
22/09/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

There has an Islamic revival sweeping Indonesia. So-called “born-again” Muslims are driving social change, as well as the economy. Sharia is fast becoming the center of every aspect of Indonesian life, featuring Muslim-targeted housing, Sharia banking and a soaring demand for halal food.

Invariably, with Islamic revival come the abuses that go hand-in-hand with it.

Indonesia is poised to pass a new penal code that criminalizes sex outside marriage and introduces stiff penalties for insulting the president’s dignity….Lawmakers said the new penal code, which would replace a Dutch colonial-era set of laws, is a long-overdue expression of Indonesian independence and religiosity.

See also: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/world/asia/indonesia-extramarital-sex-penal-code.html