Indonesia moves to ban extramarital sex amid rights crackdown

Indonesia moves to ban extramarital sex amid rights crackdown

Rights activists have warned that millions could be ensnared, particularly by the new rules on extramarital sex.
Technically these would also apply to foreigners. A similar situation already exists in the popular expatriate and tourist destination of Dubai where unmarried couples are not allowed to share the same roof and foreigners have faced legal problems.
Indonesian couples who live together without being legally married could be sentenced to six months in prison or face a maximum fine of £570, the rough equivalent of three months salary. A prosecution can proceed if a village chief, who heads the lowest tier of government, files a police complaint. 
Gay couples would automatically be swept up in the crackdown as same-sex marriage is outlawed, intensifying already sweeping discrimination against the LGBT community. 
A coalition of Indonesian civil society organisations has urged Joko Widodo, the country’s president, to delay passing the law. 
They argue that it enables discrimination against non-Muslims and minorities and violates the free speech and freedom of association that lie at the heart of democracy. In one example, the spread of Marxist-Leninist teachings can result in a four-year prison sentence.
However, religious groups have welcomed the move.  “The state must protect citizens from behavior that is contrary to the supreme precepts of God,” said Nasir Djamil, a politician from the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party, told Reuters. 

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