TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

'Only parents can report cohabitation': Govt plans to soften several articles in Criminal Code bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

PREMIUM
Jakarta   /   Wed, November 6, 2019   /  11:05 am
The Jakarta Post Image
Illustration of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP). (kompas.com/Palupi Annisa Auliani)

The government has opted to keep the majority of the controversial Criminal Code (KUHP) bill in tact, stating it will only review a small fraction of the articles, including articles on cohabitation and abortion. Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said on Monday that the government would not give neighborhood unit heads the authority to report cohabitation, as is stated in Article 418 of the bill. Only parents will be given the authority to report cohabitation. “We will allow only the parents to report cohabitation. We don’t want to create possibilities for blackmail,” Yasonna said after a meeting with the House's legislative body in Central Jakarta. A proposal to give neighborhood unit heads the authority to report cohabitation in their neighborhoods was initiated by lawmaker Arsul Sani of the Islamic-based United Development P...