Indonesia Plans To Criminalise Fornication
In the South East Asian country of Indonesia, it will soon be a crime to have a sex before you are married.
And it would even be far worse for any man that ‘does it’ with his fellow man or a woman with her fellow woman.
The push to clamp down on gay and pre-marital sex is part of a sweeping criminal law overhaul in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
The proposed shake up is also trying to prohibit use of condoms and adultery.
The people appear to be rooting for it as the country prepares for presidential elections in 2019.
AFP reports that the Indonesian parliament is drawing up the new code with all the major political parties reportedly on board, and the draft is expected to be tabled in the coming months.
Wide swathes of Indonesian society — including heterosexual couples who might face jail for having sex outside wedlock or having an affair — may be impacted if the laws pass.
“Some politicians see it as an opportunity to cater to the religious base. There’s this supposed morality threat that is being queer,” said political analyst Yuventius Nicky.
However, the UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has blasted the proposed laws and raised them in talks with President Joko Widodo this week.
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