If passed by parliament, the tough new laws will make consensual sex between unmarried adults a crime. Some say the new laws will be more detrimental to Bali tourism than the threat of volcano eruptions. The laws would only come into effect in the next two years if it passes parliament, which may happen in the next sitting. It says under the new article revised Criminal Code, providing contraception to children under 18, the abortion pill and insulting religion would also be crimes punishable by jail. But lawmakers are probably moving forward with the revisions, saying it will replace a Dutch colonial-era set of laws, a long overdue expression of Indonesian independence and religiosity. Sign in.
Indonesia delays plan to ban sex out of marriage and limit other personal freedoms
Millions may risk jail as Indonesia to outlaw sex outside marriage | Reuters
Jakarta: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has asked Parliament to delay passing draconian new laws that would have jailed unmarried couples for having sex. The sweeping legal changes would have delivered a considerable blow to Bali's profitable tourism industry as they would have applied to foreigners. In an embarrassing backflip, Joko made the request on Friday afternoon amid a storm of protest over the laws from rights and civil society groups. The Australian government had on Friday issued updated travel advice to warn Australians about the proposed legal changes, and other foreign embassies were expected to follow suit. Tourists at Kuta beach.
Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has suspended a raft of draconian amendments to the country's criminal code — that would ban sex outside marriage and limit other personal freedoms. The Indonesian Government had been planning to bring forward a vote on a new national criminal code as early as next week.
The new criminal code is due to be adopted in the next week after parliament and the government agreed a final draft on Wednesday, four parliamentarians told Reuters. Lawmakers told Reuters that the new penal code, which would replace a Dutch colonial-era set of laws, was a long overdue expression of Indonesian independence and religiosity. A prosecution can proceed if a village chief, who heads the lowest tier of government, files a complaint with police, and parents or children of the accused do not object.