Petition to bar consensual sex outside marriage rejected by Indonesian court

Indonesia‘s constitutional court rejected a controversial petition to bar all consensual sex outside of marriage with a narrow margin of five out of nine judges voting against the petition in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. The petition was put forward by a group of conservative academics and activists who had demanded that definition of adultery should apply not just to married couples but to anyone in a marriage or outside it – effectively making all sexual relations outside of marriage a criminal offence. The group further wanted the law to consider homosexual sex as rape and criminalise sexual activity amongst minors. Rights activists hailed the court’s move as they had feared that the petition brought forth by the conservative group would increase moral policing and discrimination, particularly against the gay community in Indonesia.