Latest
 
  • All Share : 52321.24
    UP 0.20%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 45982.51
    UP 0.02%
    Financial 15 : 14676.28
    DOWN -0.26%
    Industrial 25 : 70757.2
    DOWN -0.27%
    Resource 10 : 30827.16
    UP 1.73%

  • ZAR/USD : 14.5284
    DOWN -1.38%
    ZAR/GBP : 19.2361
    DOWN -1.69%
    ZAR/EUR : 16.1789
    DOWN -0.98%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1411
    DOWN -0.70%
    ZAR/AUD : 10.8814
    DOWN -0.76%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1335.9
    UP 1.07%
    Platinum US$/oz : 1044
    UP 2.25%
    Silver US$/oz : 19.38
    UP 3.64%
    Palladium US$/oz : 601
    UP 0.33%
    Brent Crude : 50.09
    UP 0.83%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Fri Jul 01 17:16:45 SAST 2016

Indonesia protests Valentine's Day, says it's an excuse for sex

Sapa-AP | 14 February, 2013 10:21
Pink roses are pictured at a flower shop. File photo.
Image by: LISI NIESNER / REUTERS

Indonesian officials and Muslim clerics have called for young people to skip Valentine's Day, saying it's an excuse for couples to have forbidden sex.

Idris Abdul Somad, deputy mayor of Depok, a town on the outskirts of Jakarta, said Thursday that many teenagers use the Western holiday as a time to express their love, which often leads to premarital sex.

He called on residents to instead take their children to Islamic religious activities.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students in Jambi, on Sumatra island, and Solo, in Central Java, held Valentine's Day protests Wednesday. Muslim clerics urged youngsters to avoid celebrations in several cities in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Indonesia's 200 million Muslims practice a moderate form of faith. Attitudes toward Valentine's Day vary in the Muslim world.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.