Friday, February 11, 2005

Social Progress, Indonesian-Style

LOL...So let me get this straight—the “outdated” Indonesian Criminal Code, inherited from the Dutch, has been replaced with a 7th Century Criminal Code, inherited from Arabia?

The Jakarta Post
National News - February 05, 2005

Revised code criminalizes public kissing

By Hera Diani, /Jakarta

Watch out all you lovebirds out there -- there is now a chance that lip-locking in public could send you to jail for 10 years and cost you as much as Rp 300 million (US$32,800) in fines. These new penalties for conspicious, unrestrained lust -- or just perhaps a peck on the lips -- are part of the new Criminal Code (KUHP) draft by a team led by legal expert and former justice minister Muladi. The same penalties apply for "an adult showing certain sensual body parts." Since the 1960s, there have been calls to revise the Criminal Code inherited from the one drawn up by the Dutch in 1886, which its critics say has many flaws and is outdated. In early 1980s, the government began working on the new code, and only last month, 20 years later, the work was finally completed…

Indonesian Jurisprudence


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