Prohibited sexual relations outside marriage: Indonesia wants to reassure tourists about its new penal code | TF1 NEWS

Prohibited sexual relations outside marriage: Indonesia wants to reassure tourists about its new penal code |  TF1 NEWS

Prohibited sexual relations outside marriage Indonesia wants to reassure tourists

“I want to address foreign tourists by saying: come to Indonesia, you will not be chased by this article”said Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej, Deputy Minister of Justice and Human Rights. The stake is vital for regions dependent on tourism, such as the island of Bali, fearing that tourists will flee Indonesia after the adoption of the new penal code.

In particular, it plans to criminalize sexual relations outside marriage, which will be punished by one year in prison, as well as the cohabitation of unmarried couples, who will be punished by six months. Approved last week by parliament, it is still awaiting the signature of the country’s president, Joko Widodo, before the start of a three-year transitional implementation period.

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