Unmarried couples can be jailed for having sex in Bali

Highlights :
○ Unmarried couples can be jailed for having sex in bali
○ Need to pay 10 Million Rupiah (50,354INR)
○ Might have a huge adverse effect on Bali tourism

T he news might come as a shock, but it’s all true.Indonesian government has proposed a new law under which an unmarried couple won’t be allowed to stay in a hotel room together in Bali and if they do, it’d be considered a criminal offence. The news is more shocking because Indonesia besides being a populous Muslim country, is also one of the most popular romantic beach destinations in the world, and is visited by billions of couples, married or unmarried, every year.

As per the proposed law, if a couple is found guilty, they will have to serve six months in jail or pay 10 million rupiahs (INR 50,354) as a fine. The law might get effective by the end of this month, as per sources. Now there are high chances that the new law, if passed, might have a huge adverse effect on Bali tourism now that they have decided to make sex outside of marriage illegal.

Affect on tourism

The Australian Government has already issued a travel advice against Indonesia, warning tourists as more than one million Australians visited Bali last year. In the advisory, they have mentioned that tourists travelling to Bali could be jailed for having sex outside of marriage only if the law is passed.

Getting room in Bali to get difficult

Unmarried tourists planning a fun Bali vacation will now have to be very cautious. The couple won’t get a room unless they manage to produce a legal marriage certificate as a proof. The law will not only hamper tourism but will also discriminate against Indonesia’s LGBTQI community as they might feel uncomfortable visiting the country.

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