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Indonesia criminalises sex outside of marriage

The Indonesian government has passed a strict new law banning sex outside of marriage with unmarried couples caught having sex facing up to one year behind bars.

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Indonesia has approved a new criminal code banning anyone in the country from having premarital sex.

Unmarried couples will face up to a year in jail if caught and even just living with a partner before marriage could result in up to six months behind bars.

This includes Bali, one of the most popular parts of the country for tourism.

The new law will apply to foreign workers and tourists including holidaymakers from the UK. This may make it quite tricky for unmarried couples to check into a hotel together.

However, while the law has been passed, it may take up to three years for the government to implement it.

UPDATE (13 Dec 2022): While the law would technically apply to locals and foreigners, government officials have now responded to the fears of tourists being prosecuted. Tourists visiting Indonesia will not be charged under the new law which will criminalise sex outside marriage, officials say. (Source: BBC)

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