Makassar (Indonesia), Feb 15, 2017: When the whole world was engrossed in painting the town red with love and romance, Indonesia made the best efforts to shun the love in its air.
Indonesian authorities barged in on convenience stores and seized condoms in Makassar, a major city in Indonesia, to stop teenagers having casual sex on Valentine’s Day.
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The mayor of Makassar, a conservative city on central Sulawesi island, led public order officers in the raids late Monday, on the eve of the celebration. Mayor Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto clarified his stance stating that he was not against the sale of condoms, but the outlets needed to be more cautious about whom they were sold to, as reported by AFP
“Valentine’s Day is often misused by teenagers to have casual sex, this can destroy the morality of the nation,” Pomanto was quoted as saying in local media.
Iman Hud, head of the local public officers, similar to police but with fewer powers told AFP that convenience stores had been failing to verify teenagers’ IDs to check whether they were at least 18 years old, the age of consent, before selling them condoms.
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“We are doing this to prevent promiscuity,” he said, adding that hundreds of condoms were seized in the raids in the city of 1.3 million
In the world’s most populous Muslim preponderance nation, Islamic clerics and some devout Muslims mark this occasion as to denounce what they consider as Western sway which corrupts the youth to indulge into debauchery.
On Monday teenage pupils, including girls in headscarves, staged a protest outside a school in the city of Surabaya, chanting: “Say no to Valentine!”
Like every year, Valentine’s day celebration was banned by Indonesian authorities in some parts of the country.
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