University students protest outside the Indonesian Parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters

Thousands in Indonesia protest against bill that would ban extramarital sex

  • The government has delayed a vote on the controversial bill, which would outlaw gay and sex outside marriage
  • Critics say the bill violates free speech and is discriminatory, but supporters say it reflects the ‘character and personality of the Indonesian people’
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University students protest outside the Indonesian Parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters
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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (right) gives his state-of-the-nation address at a general assembly at parliament in Jakarta in August. Photo: AFP

Millions may risk jail as Indonesia prepares to outlaw sex outside marriage

  • Law will also apply to foreigners, and will affect homosexuals as gay marriage is not recognised in Indonesia
  • New penal code expected to be adopted next week also introduces stiff penalties for insulting president’s dignity
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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (right) gives his state-of-the-nation address at a general assembly at parliament in Jakarta in August. Photo: AFP
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