Aceh Qanun No. 14 of 2003 on Close Proximity

A qanun on khalwat (close proximity) was introduced in Aceh in 2003 after the province was granted the right to apply the precepts of 'syariat' in its regional regulations in 1999 by the Indonesian government. This qanun prohibits unmarried couples from being in close proximity in private to one another. The qanun prescribes caning as punishment for offenders with a maximum of nine strokes, or payment of a monetary penalty as an alternative.

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