Criminalizing adultery in Criminal Code will do more harm than good: Activists

first_imgA young couple from Cikupa, Banten identified only as R and M experienced what could be considered the worst night of their lives in November 2017.A mob accused M and her partner of engaging in premarital sex, which is legal in Muslim-majority Indonesia but frowned upon in religious circles.Accusations led to an assault, with the mob demanding that R and M admit to having had sex despite a lack of evidence. The couple was stripped and paraded around the neighborhood. A video of their assault went viral on social media, prompting the involvement of the police. The ensuing investigation concluded that the couple had not committed any wrongdoings.The police then arrested six people, including the heads of the surrounding community units (RT) and neighborhood units (RW) and brought the case to trial.While R and M may have escaped further public shaming, rights activists fear that the incident might become the norm as the House of Representatives moves to continue deliberations on the draconian Criminal Code (KUHP) revisions.The decision to push ahead with the revision of contentious articles comes amid the struggle against COVID-19, which has infected upwards of 16,000 people and killed more than 1,000. The final draft of the KUHP revision still includes articles that critics fear would overcriminalize common social practices, such as cohabitation and consensual sex between unmarried people.The bill could also lead to more acts of vigilantism such as in the Cikupa case and may target vulnerable groups, including women and the destitute.In a recent virtual discussion on criminalizing adultery, women’s rights activist Naila Rizai Zakiah said lawmakers had been ignoring expert opinion relating to articles on adultery, especially in regard to the parties that have the right to make the report.Adultery in the proposed KUHP revision is stipulated in articles 417, 418 and 419, in which the parents, husband, wife or children of the offenders could report a case to the police.Naila insisted that only the husband or wife should be able to report such cases to the police — as stipulated in the current code — as they are the only parties whose rights are being violated.“In stipulating terms for adultery, the Criminal Code values privacy in that only partners may report [the violation],” she said.“Overcriminalization not only harms the country but also its people […] That mistake should not be repeated.”To include zina (adultery) in the Criminal Code is in itself an impossible task, moderate Islamic scholar Musdah Mulia said, as people struggle to define what exactly the term constitutes.Raising the issue in the planned revisions would only create more problems than solutions, she said, as criminalizing adultery would lead to more injustices for women — not so much for men.“The proof that is often used to show that someone has committed adultery is pregnancy. In this case, women are trapped while the men can just dodge the case,” she said.Musdah, a professor at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN), urged the state to focus on developing public awareness on morality, including though proper sex education instead of criminalizing adultery in the penal code.Indonesia has in recent years been blamed for contributing to the erosion of civil liberties by allowing for the criminalization of free speech through regulations such as the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law and the Narcotics Law.Activists argue that conservative legislators have for years attempted to test the limits of freedoms by revising the draconian penal code, which has remained largely unchanged since it was inherited from the Dutch colonial era.But now critics fear that politicians could hide behind the veil of physical distancing and other social restrictions brought on by COVID-19 to pass the Criminal Code bill without public scrutiny.Deciding to continue the deliberation of the penal code bill itself was erroneous, Naila said, as one of the requirements that lawmakers must fulfill in enacting new legislation was public participation, which can’t be fulfilled because of the need to shelter in place.House deputy speaker Azis Syamsuddin announced last month that legislators would continue to deliberate the bill, prompting strong objections from activists.Last year, thousands of students took to the streets to protest the bill. They successfully persuaded the House to halt the deliberation process before its last term ended in October.Topics :last_img read more

Munster under investigation for Murray injury

first_imgMurray received lengthy treatment on the field after a collision with Glasgow’s Tim Swinson and was cleared to play on.He was then called off for a Head Injury Assessment – which he passed – after making another tackle a few minutes later.It’s believed the EPCR is establishing an independent “Untoward Incident Review Group” to investigate the incident. Meanwhile the province has confirmed that this Saturday’s Champions Cup game at home to Racing 92 has now sold out.Tipp’s Alan Quinlan says it would be ‘a big ask’ for Munster to win this season’s European Champions Cup.Rassie Erasmus’s team secured their place in the last eight of the competition at the weekend.Quinlan would be surprised if captain Peter O’Mahony got to lift the trophy in May but says you couldn’t back against them either.last_img read more

New year – new format

first_imgAfter a multitude of questions, some valid, some bizarre, the competition got off without a hitch and surprisingly when the cards came in nearly all were legible and correctly filled in.The winning scramble team (from left) Richard Kubicki, Carole Kubicki, Karen Brown and Rob Brown.The winning team were the pre-tournament favourites, having the lowest handicap and consisting of Rob & Karen Brown and Richard & Carole Kubicki with a hot 57.5 net.  Although their round started ominously with a bogey, they fought back to one under for the front side and then put the after burners on, with 6 birdies and 3 pars on the back nine.In second place with a solid 60.8 was the Danish group of Torben Sorensen (who has lived in Canada for many years), Kai Aabling, Peter Bygballe and Jan Lovgreen.  Third was a three-ball of Henning Olsen, Jan Badura and Thorbjorn Asmunsden with 65.1.  It was nice to see a three ball making the grade as with one less player it’s that bit harder, especially as they told me that one of their members had found the water carries impossible.Near pins went to Thorbjorn Asmunsden (No.3), Carole Kubicki (No.6), Kenny Chung (No.8), Henry Wong (No.14), Torben Sorensen (No.16)It was a fun day and we’re planning to have another scramble in February as there were several requests to do it again before the end of the season. Golf from Café KronborgThursday, Jan. 5, Silky Oak – 4P ScrambleCafe Kronborg golfers started the new year with a scramble competition instead of the regular stableford format.This was a tight competition enjoyed by all, with only one team breaking net 60 and less than 7 shots separating the remaining groups.  We played at Silky Oak whose quirky layout was well suited to a scramble competition, and all teams had at least one member with the firepower to clear the daunting water carries.last_img read more

Tim Duncan is Gay, Says Estranged Wife

first_imgNBA living legend Tim Duncan is entangled in a quagmire of a divorce that is getting more and more salacious as the days wear on. The San Antonio Spurs icon is accused of at least being a bisexual, or even gay, by soon-to-be-ex-wife, Amy. An inside source close to the divorce proceedings told Diary of a Hollywood Street King that Duncan had been involved in a gay relationship during his Wake Forest University days. The man Duncan reportedly lived with Duncan and his wife for the first two years of their marriage — and he even bought the man a home, the source revealed.Duncan, considered the greatest NBA power forward of all time by most pundits and fans alike, is looking to place a gag order on the mother of his two children, who he was married to for 12 years, so that she will not be able to to utter one word about his alleged gay relationship.This is what the Hollywood Street King reports:Amy treated Tim like a b—- throughout their marriage because she knew he was f—ing his BFF.  Tim knows Amy was cheating on him but he’s willing to give her whatever she wants, because he doesn’t want Amy to tell the world that he’s bisexual.”Amy Duncan filed for divorce on March 27 of this year, is claiming that her marriage to Duncan, citing irreconcilable differences and discord.Neither Duncan has spoken publicly about this latest news of the player’s sexual orientation. But one of Duncan’s star teammates did.Danny Green, in an interview with New York based radio station 105.1, said “Timmy is Tim. I’m not going to look at him any differently. He’s my teammate regardless of his sexual preferences.”What do you make of this controversy, if anything?last_img read more