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Indonesia set to make premarital sex under new punishable criminal code

Indonesia’s parliament is expected to pass a new criminal that will penalise premarital sex with a punishment of up to one year in jail. 

By Crox Media Desk: Indonesian Parliament is set to pass a new criminal code that will penalise premarital sex with a punishment of up to one-year, local reports said. The Draft Criminal Code is expected to be passed in the parliament in the coming days of this month. 

“Anyone found who has intercourse with someone who is not their or wife shall be punished up to 1 year” Reads article 413 Paragraph. But this regulation will force if there is a complaint from the husband or wife of the adultery or the parents of their children who are not bound by marriage. 

Moreover, article 144 states the complaints related can be withdrawn just before the trial has just begun.  

A previous draft of the code was supposed to be passed three years ago back but it triggered loud protests as thousands of people came out on the streets against the law and according to them this would have Curtailed their freedom of speech. 

We’re proud to have a criminal code that lies within Indonesian values” Indonesia’s deputy justice Minister. Edward Omar Sharif Hiarej was quoted by Reuters as saying. 

Insulting the president or state Institutions and going against government views counter to Indonesia’s state ideology and Commission 3 of the Indonesian Parliament was held at Parliament Complex, Jakarta in November. 

Indonesia the world’s populous Muslims- majority nation, has hundreds of regulations at the local level that discriminate against women, LGBT And religious minorities.

If this new criminal code gets passed then it would be applicable to both Indonesians and foreigners. Business groups have already raised concerns over Impact Indonesia’s image as a tourist and investment destination. 

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