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Jakarta Post

Love lockdown to mark Valentine’s Day in Depok

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 13, 2018   /   05:20 pm
Love lockdown to mark Valentine’s Day in Depok The administration of Depok in West Java has prohibited students from celebrating Valentine’s Day. (Shutterstock/File)

Authorities in Depok, West Java, have prohibited all students from celebrating Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.

Depok Education Agency head M Thamrin said on Tuesday that the ban had been communicated through a circular sent to school principals in the city.

“The schools then forwarded the letter to their students,” said Thamrin, as quoted by

Thamrin explained that the ban was meant to “instill character” in students, so as to prevent activities that deviated from religious, cultural and social norms.

“The warning is to anticipate a high number of indecent activities among students celebrating Valentine’s Day,” said Thamrin, adding that the ruling had been decided in an internal meeting with several figures. (jlm)