Indonesia bans sex outside of marriage! Parliament approves the new penal code
Indonesian lawmakers unanimously approved a new criminal code that criminalizes sex outside of marriage.
The new code, which also applies to foreign residents and tourists, prohibits cohabitation before marriage, desertion and provides penalties for insulting the president or expressing views contrary to national ideology.
The world's largest Muslim-majority nation, Indonesia has seen a rise in religious conservatism in recent years.
Strict Islamic laws are already implemented in some parts of the country, including the semi-autonomous province of Aceh, where alcohol and gambling are banned. Public floggings also occur in the region for a variety of offences, including homosexuality and adultery.