Sex before marriage, abortion to be declared illegal and criminal acts in Indonesia

Sex before marriage, abortion to be declared illegal and criminal acts in Indonesia

- The Indonesian government is ready to ban sex before marriage in the country

- Other acts to be banned are cohabitation, and abortion

- These have been described as criminal acts and offenders would be punished

- Many Indonesians have protested against the bill which is yet to be passed into law by the Indonesian Parliament

Barring any last-minute hitches, the Indonesian government would soon ban fornication, abortion, and cohabitation.

These acts have been described as illegal and criminal by the government, and should not be encouraged in the country.

This is contained in a report sighted by on BBC.

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According to the report, individuals desiring to enter marriage must keep themselves chaste until after marriage.

Failure to do so, the two people, man and woman – would be imprisoned for a period of one year.

In the instance of cohabitation, that is living together without marriage, those involved are liable for a six-month prison term.

Again, committing an abortion where one was not defiled or there was no medical emergency, would be liable for a four-year prison term.

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The bill was initially to be voted on Tuesday, but the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, postponed it to Friday, September 27, 2019.

He was reported to have said the bill needed more consideration.

Meanwhile, thousands have hit the streets to protest what they say is an unfair thing to them

A placard displayed by one woman had: "My crotch does not belong to the government".

More than 5,000 police have reportedly been deployed to maintain security in Jakarta.

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