Indonesian lawmakers are considering a new criminal code that probably won't do much to hold the country up as a bastion of modern thinking. Among the proposals in the new code, drafted by a team led by a conservative Muslim scholar:
- Premarital sex: Five years in prison
- Singles living together: One year in prison
- Adultery: Five years in prison; scofflaws currently get 9 months
- Black magic: Offering such services, which are big business in the country, also gets five years
- Insulting the president: Five years in prison
It will likely take the better part of the year to hash out the 202-page revision, reports the Wall Street Journal
. Wonders a 33-year-old woman in Jakarta: "Doesn't the government have better things to do?"