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Indonesia bans sex before marriage in new criminal code

Indonesia’s government on Tuesday approved a new criminal code under which it has put a complete ban on having sex before marriage in the country

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Indonesia’s government on Tuesday approved a new criminal code under which it has put a complete ban on having sex before marriage in the country. According to the media and reports, it has been further revealed that if a people caught violating the new law, He/she will be given punished by sending them to jail for one year.

The new laws, which applies to tourists and citizen of the country prohibit people to stay together and having a sexual relationship without being married. Apart from this, under these new laws, people can not insult the president or state institutions, spread their opinion about the country’s ideology, and stage protests without any permission.

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However, the new laws are still unsigned by the country’s president. Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights Edward Hiariej said that the new criminal code will take more than 3 years to set up and apply in the country. He further stated that the lawmakers in the country provide the strictest possible explanation that distinguishes between insults and criticism.

Reacting about the same, Yasonna Laoly, minister of law and human rights said that they have tried their best to accommodate the important issues and different opinions which were debated. However, it is time for them to make a historical decision on the penal code amendment and to leave the colonial criminal code we inherited behind, Laoly added in his statement.

Meanwhile, when the planned laws’ draft was shared among the public in 2019, a nationwide protest (mainly led by students) sparked in the country, fearing that the rule might kill the personal freedoms of the citizen. That protest left more than 300 people hurt and many were badly injured.

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David Carrick, serial rapist and former cop, sentenced to more than 30 years in jail for sex offences against 12 women

Carrick committed these crimes while he was serving as a police officer.

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David Carrick, the serial rapist and former Metropolitan police officer, has been sentenced to more than 30 years in jail for sexual violence against 12 women over a 17-year period, a report in The Guardian said.

Reports further said the 48-year-old used his power and control to carry out sex attacks between 2003 to 2020. The Southwark Crown Court said Carrick would serve a total of 36 life sentences, with 30 years and 239 days to be served before the parole board can release him.

Sharing their ordeals, the victims described his crimes in Court. One of the victims said the rapist sent her a photograph of himself with a work-issue gun with the caption, Remember I am the boss.

Another victim shared how she thought him to be the safest person as he was a police officer. However, he took her to his nearby flat and raped her. Reports also said Carrick had committed 49 charges, including 24 rape cases and charges of sexual assault, false imprisonment, and controlling and manipulative behaviour.

The Court further deducted the number of days he had spent in custody from his minimum term and held that the convictions represented a downfall for a man charged with upholding the law.

The Court also took into cognisance that Carrick had attempted suicide while on remand at Belmarsh jail and was detained in a hospital which informed that he was not suffering from any mental disorder.

On other hand, the Metropolitan Police released an apology as Carrick has been accused of more than nine crimes, including rape allegations between 2000 and 2021. The Court also said the rapist used cameras in his residence to monitor his victims and also shut one of his victims in a small cupboard as punishment while whistling at her.

David Carrick committed these crimes while he was serving as a police officer.

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Turkey-Syria quake: Death tolls mounts to 4,300; cities flattened, WHO fears 20,000 may have died

The confirmed death toll mounted to over 4,300 due to mammoth earthquake that tore apart Turkey and neigbouring Syria on Monday even as the World Health Organization (WHO) fears that over 20,000 may have died as rescuers continued to dig the bodies and survivors from beneath the rubble of thousands of buildings flattened by the disastrous tremors.

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The confirmed death toll mounted to over 4,300 due to mammoth earthquake that tore apart Turkey and neigbouring Syria on Monday even as the World Health Organization (WHO) fears that over 20,000 may have died as rescuers continued to dig the bodies and survivors from beneath the rubble of thousands of buildings flattened by the disastrous tremors.

According to official reports, the confirmed death toll across the two countries has soared above 4,300 after a swarm of strong tremors struck near the Turkey-Syria border.

WHO officials fear that the toll may soar to unimaginable numbers, estimating that 20,000 people may have died.

Reports from the Turkish and Syrian disaster response teams said that over 5,600 buildings have been felled across several cities, including many multi-storey apartment blocks that were filled with sleeping residents when the first quake struck.

An AFP report quoting eyewitnesses in the Kahramanmaras city of southeastern Turkey struggled to comprehend the scale of the disaster as some believed that this was the Apocalypse- the end of days.

Turkey’s relief agency AFAD on Tuesday confirmed that there were now 2,921 deaths in Turkey alone bringing the confirmed tally to 4,365.

Reporters from news agencies and rescue workers have reported horrific scenes from ground zero as sky scrapers continue to tumble left and right with survivors clamoring for safety.

In Gaziantep, a Turkish city home to countless Syrian refugees from the war-torn countries’s decade-old civil war, rescuers picking through the rubble screamed, cried and clamoured for safety as another building collapsed nearby without warning, AFP said in its report.

As per reports, the first quake- measured at 7.8 magnitude- was so massive that it was felt as far away as Greenland, and the impact is big enough to have sparked a global response.

Dozens of nations from Ukraine to New Zealand have vowed to send help, although freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures have slowed the response.

India dispatched the batch of relief material to disaster hit Turkey, hours after an announcement made about the same by the Prime Minister’s Office.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the first batch of earthquake relief material to Turkey- which consists of an expert National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) search and rescue team, highly-skilled dog squads, a range of medical supplies, advanced drilling equipment, and other crucial tools required for the relief efforts- was dispatched aboard an Indian Air Force aircraft.

In the southeastern Turkish city of Sanliurfa, rescuers were working into the night to try and pull survivors from the wreckage of a seven-storey building that had collapsed.

Some of the heaviest devastation occurred near the quake’s epicentre between Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep, where entire city blocks lay in ruins as snow gathers.

On Monday, according to the US Geological Survey, the first quake hit at 4:17am (0117 GMT) at a depth of about 18 kilometres (11 miles) near the Turkish city of Gaziantep, home to around two million people.

Reports by various rescue and disaster relief agencies have estimated that over 14,000 people have been injured Turkey, while at least 3,411 people were reported injured in Syria.

Officials said three major airports have been rendered inoperable, complicating deliveries of vital aid and a winter blizzard has covered major roads into the area in ice and snow.

The Syrian health ministry reported damage across the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and Tartus, where Russia is leasing a naval facility.

Even before the tragedy, buildings in Aleppo — Syria’s pre-war commercial hub — often collapsed due to the dilapidated infrastructure, which has suffered from a lack of wartime oversight. Officials cut off natural gas and power supplies across the region as a precaution, also closing schools for two weeks.

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WHO fears death toll may soar

WHO officials fear that the toll may soar to unimaginable numbers, estimating that 20,000 people may have died.

The global agency’s senior emergency officer for Europe, Catherine Smallwood told news agency AFP that there’s a continued potential of further collapses to happen as she feared an eight-fold increase in the death count.

Smallwood said that as the per the analysis of the initial reports, the number of dead and injured will, unfortunately, increased “quite significantly” in the following weeks as the dust settle and rescue workers recover more bodies from beneath the rubble.

The WHO official warned that people who’ve lost their homes will be meeting and gathering in collective environments which poses particular risks such as overcrowding and exposure to freezing temperatures. This, she added, may put the survivors at the mercy of respiratory viruses.

Turkey is in one of the world’s most active seismic zones in the world. A 7.8-magnitude tremor in 1939 killed over 33,000 people in the eastern Erzincan province.

The Turkish region of Duzce suffered a 7.4-magnitude earthquake in 1999, when more than 17,000 people died.

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Pakistan lifts Wikipedia ban after orders from PM Shehbaz Sharif

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Pakistan lifts Wikipedia ban after orders from PM Shehbaz Sharif

The availability of sacrilegious content, which the site had been instructed to remove, led Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to announce on February 1 that it was degrading Wikipedia services in Pakistan

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Pakistan on Monday removed the ban from the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia after the Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to restore it with immediate effect, a report said.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office, the decision was made following the recommendation of a three-member ministerial committee constituting Pakistan’s Ministers for Law and Justice Azam Nazeer Tarar, Minister for Economic Affairs and Political Affairs Ayaz Sadiq, and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb.

The availability of sacrilegious content, which the site had been instructed to remove, led Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to announce on February 1 that it was degrading Wikipedia services in Pakistan. However, Wikipedia did not get rid of the material.

After the Wikipedia did not respond to the complaints two days later, Pakistani officials decided to ban it. Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, was presented with the ban issue on February 6. To conduct a preliminary investigation of the problem, he assembled a ministerial committee.

Wikipedia was a beneficial site/portal which encouraged the transmission of knowledge and information for the general public, students, and the academia, the committee reportedly said in the statement.

According to a report from Geo News, the statement also read, “Blocking the website entirely was not the best course of action for limiting access to certain of its undesirable elements or sacrilegious material. Therefore, the benefits of this broad restriction are outweighed by its unforeseen consequences.”

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Shehbaz Sharif ordered the restoration of Wikipedia on Monday in response to the committee’s statement. According to the news report, he also established a special cabinet committee to thoroughly investigate the situation.

The ministers of law and justice, economic affairs, political affairs, information and broadcasting, trade, communications, and IT and telecommunication will all be represented on the committee Sharif has established.

The committee’s goal is to assess whether the PTA’s ban on Wikipedia is appropriate while looking into and suggesting alternative technical measures for the removal of objectionable content on Wikipedia or any other online information sites, taking into account Pakistan’s “social, cultural, and religious sensitivities.”

The committee has been given a week to report its findings for consideration. In addition to these ideas, it will also discuss others that attempt to restrict illegal online content in a balanced manner.

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