Indonesia Seeks to Imprison Gays
September 30, 2003
By 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Jakarta—Indonesia’s justice ministry is preparing
legislation that would send anyone convicted of a homosexual act to prison for
up to 12 years.
The ministry is drafting amendments to the criminal code to include acts
not currently categorized as crimes but considered “morally unacceptable.”
The former Dutch colony is the largest Moslem states in the world, although
Islam is not the state religion. A spokesperson for the ministry said that the
new law would reflect Moslem and local tribal law.
In addition to the laws against LGBT sex, the new code, which is still
being debated, proposes that sodomy and oral sex would be punishable by
between three to 12 years in jail. A couple found guilty of cohabitation be
punished to up to two years in jail. A man who impregnates a woman but refuses
to marry her could spend a maximum five years in prison.
A “witch doctor” or his client found guilty of using black magic to
hurt other people could spend up to five years in jail.
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