Intimacy before marriage would be governed by law and further sex before marriage is a public offence. No, this is not a recitation of the criminal code from the 1800s, I am referring to the recent approval of a criminal code blaming sex before marriage in Indonesia.
If a couple is caught or alleged of having sex before marriage, it can lead them to a sentence of one year in jail. This law applies equally to the citizens as well as foreigners in the country. Adultery that is having sex outside the marriage even if one of them is unmarried is illegal in the new legislation. The Muslim-dominated nation is pursuing an Islamist regime with full determination. Henceforth it has already banned sex before marriage and adultery but the law was never applied in full force. The fresh codification has added more limitations to the liberty of the people making immorality and blasphemy criminal offences. Naturally, speaking or criticizing these laws by the people is prohibited and even punishable by the authorities. Indonesian lawmakers are taking great pride in preserving the virginity and purity of the citizens before marriage but now fall far behind as a representation of a democratic country.
This law according to many businessmen will affect the tourism sector immensely as foreigners will be subjected to the no-touching-before-marriage policy due to this law and can end up in jail if they attempt to do so. Furthermore, many rural couples who married in a small religious ceremony lack proof to legitimize their marriage. The nation erupted in protest against these ridiculous laws that question their privacy and liberty to not confine to religious views. Everyone has their understanding of the religion and a country should provide them with the choice to follow its teachings or not. Indonesia as a democratic country has failed its citizens and the world by enforcing such clauses coming from a century-old thought process. The protesters demand their right to love and cuddle and on the other hand strict laws to punish gambling and drinking have been enforced in the provinces of Aceh in Indonesia. Indonesia now joins the list of countries enforcing Sharia law, thankfully not reaching up to the extremity of Afghanistan and Iran but these new laws have officially withdrawn Indonesia from the prominence of modern democracy.
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