Women's commission rebuffs
anti-porn law

The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) regretted the passing of the controversial anti-pornography bill by the House of Representatives on Thursday morning.

In a press release, the commission accused lawmakers of exploiting the law to gain political favor among their constituents.

"The legislators are politicizing morality and religion. They are using this issue as a political vehicle for their battle for power," the commission stated.

Komnas Perempuan considers the law still flawed, especially in its definition of pornography.

Eight out of 10 House factions supported the bill. Two parties, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Prosperous Peace Party (PDS), which have openly challenged the bill, walked out of the plenary session. (dre)


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