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Indonesian minister tags miniskirts ‘pornographic’

Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 15:37

Jakarta: Indonesia`s Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has declared that miniskirts are pornographic and would be banned under the country`s tough new anti-porn laws.

Ali has been appointed to run Indonesia`s new anti-porn task force, announced by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono earlier this month.

The Jakarta Post quoted him as telling reporters in Jakarta yesterday that before deciding what they must ban as pornography, the task force would consult widely to come up with "a set of universal criteria", adding that "one [criteria] will be when someone wears a skirt above the knee”.

Once a standard of pornography was established, the task force would apply it nationwide across all ethnicities, the newspaper reported.

The President announced the anti-pornography task force earlier this month to try to remove it entirely from Indonesia.

Judging by a recent Google survey, Indonesians consume porn at least as enthusiastically as other people, despite a large majority of the population being Muslim.


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 15:37

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