Target: Muhammad Prasetyo, Attorney General of Indonesia
Goal: Demand Indonesia do away with their dehumanizing laws.
Recently, an Indonesian was publicly caned for standing too close to her boyfriend, on the grounds that intimacy between unmarried couples is strictly forbidden. While it is understandable that some cultures would have different standards regarding pre-marital relations, no human being deserves such dehumanizing and cruel punishment for something as innocuous as standing close to their significant other.
No matter what a culture dictates is appropriate or inappropriate, human rights are far more valuable than preserving the purity of one’s culture. A woman does not deserve to be publicly and brutally humiliated for merely standing next to her boyfriend, and a man does not deserve a beating for having one drink. This is especially troubling in some cases involving women, as women are held to higher moral standards and punished more harshly than men for their every transgression.
This poor woman did not deserve such a cruel punishment, and neither does any human being who sidesteps Indonesia’s moral standards. Sign this petition to demand Indonesian law do away with such inhumane punishments for innocuous actions.
Dear Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo,
A woman was recently publicly caned for standing too close to her boyfriend due to your strict laws regarding pre-marital relations. This punishment was the 14th to be issued within the last month, and a good deal of these punishments have been reportedly issued specifically towards women, one only being spared for a short time due to her pregnancy.
Your laws regarding crimes and misdemeanors are far too cruel and inhumane. No matter how stringent a culture’s stance on sexuality and recreation is, human beings do not deserve to be whipped or publicly humiliated for something as small as standing too close to a significant other or having a single drink. The woman you so cruelly punished did not deserve such treatment. Please revise your laws to do away with such cruel reprimands for such small transgressions.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Peter van der Sluijs