Indonesia passes law to punish sex, kissing outside marriage

2014-09-27 13:29

Acts of sex out of wedlock will be punishable by caning under a law adopted today by Indonesia’s sharia-ruled province of Aceh.

The law known as quanan jinaya was approved by acclamation by the provincial parliament, providing for up to 100 lashes for offences.

“Qanun jinaya is part of the implementation of Islamic sharia in Aceh and it’s been much anticipated by Acehnese who want to apply it in its entirety,” majority Aceh Party spokesperson Muhammad Harun said.

The law regulates affairs such as extramarital and homosexual sex, rape, sexual harassment, alcohol, gambling and mixing between unmarried men and women.

People caught having premarital, extramarital or homosexual sex face up to 100 lashes of cane, or a fine of 1 kilogram of gold, or 100 months in prison.

An unmarried couple caught kissing could be punished with 30 lashes, a fine of 300 grams of gold or a prison term of up to 30 months.

Ramli Sulaiman, chairperson of an Aceh parliamentary commission that drafted the law, said proving extramarital and gay sex would be difficult.

“There must be clear evidence and four witnesses who saw the act themselves,” he said. “We can’t just accuse people of having extramarital or homosexual sex.”

The law also applies to non-Muslims, but they can choose to be punished under sharia law or secular national law, he said.

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