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Indonesia to criminalise sex outside marriage

Indonesia will soon pass a new criminal code criminalising sex outside of marriage, even among tourists, with a punishment of up to a year in prison.

Previous attempts to codify the severe new morality laws were unsuccessful due to overwhelming nationwide opposition.

In a draft code from the country’s government, strict penalties will also be introduced for abortion, “black magic”, insulting the president and cohabitation before marriage.

According to Indonesia’s deputy justice minister, Edward Hiariej, the new criminal code is expected to be passed on December 15.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Tony Okerafor