Padang Mulls Proposal to Outlaw Extramarital Sex

By webadmin on 04:40 pm Oct 09, 2012
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Jakarta Globe

[Updated on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012]

Padang Police will keep a close eye on what happens between the city’s
sheets under an “adultery eradication” law aimed at curbing extramarital
sex in a city officials say is gripped by lust.

Padang’s
legislative council is currently mulling a law that would punish
unfaithful spouses and unmarried lovers with up to five months in prison
or Rp 40 million ($4,200) in fines. Sex workers face even harsher
sentences of six months in jail or Rp 50 million in fines.

The
bylaw will protect people from the negative impacts of adultery and
prostitution and uphold the sanctity of marriage, Jhon Roza Syaukani,
head of the Padang Legislative Council (DPRD Padang), told the Antara
news agency.

It will also help the capital of West Sumatra
reclaim the image of a religious city after struggling with endemic
prostitution and extramarital sex, Jhon said.

“This bylaw is to
support the vision and mission of Padang as portraying itself as a safe
and prosperous metropolis,” Jhon added.

Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar
said that he fully supported the bylaw because the city has seen an
increase in the number of extramarital sex cases in the city.

The Padang chapter of the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) said they would support the law.

“We
will support DPRD Padang in passing this regulation as it will
represent a serious effort by the government to eradicate immoral acts,”
Duski Samad, MUI Padang head, told Antara.

According to him,
with such a bylaw in place, the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) will
have the legal foundation to take action against immorality.

Duski
claims that society has failed to filter out globalization’s effects
and therefore the government needs to issue regulations in order to
deter perpetrators.

The earlier draft stipulated that violators of the regulation should be rehabilitated after being sanctioned.

It
also stated that the law is essential for maintaining Pancasila,
Indonesia’s state ideology, as well as upholding the sanctity of
marriage.