Category: Health

Bali seeks to curb dog meat trade

Authorities on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali are seeking to curb the sale of dog meat, an official said on Friday, after an investigation by an Australian animal protection group revealed the cruel treatment of dogs at the hands of traders. Continue reading “Bali seeks to curb dog meat trade”

It’s a man-eat-dog world: Appetite for dog meat persists in Indonesia

In the dingy and steamy kitchen of a restaurant in Jakarta, chef Michael Kenzo slowly stirs a big pan of dark coloured meat mixed with chilli and spices, sweat streaming down his face. Continue reading “It’s a man-eat-dog world: Appetite for dog meat persists in Indonesia”

Makassar mayor raids shops selling condoms ahead of Valentine’s Day

The mayor of Makassar in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province  raided convenience stores selling condoms on the eve of Valentine’s Day.

Makassar Mayor Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto complained during snap inspections of minimarts late Monday that stores were selling condoms “like they were candy,” according to the Antara news agency.

“Valentine’s Day is a day of love but it doesn’t mean people can do anything in the name of love,” he was quoted as saying by Antara.

“It’s not about Valentine’s Day but it’s about moral degradation,” he said, adding that stores that sold condoms freely to unmarried teenagers would have their permits revoked.

Last year the mayor issued a circular requiring stores in the largest city in eastern Indonesia to sell condoms only to married people.

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country where conservative views about sex prevail.

Indonesia struggles to curb child marriage

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Amelia and her husband pose for photograph after their wedding in Cipayung, West Java

Cipayung – Yasinta Amelia, 16, was teary-eyed as she kissed her new husband’s hand after a simple Islamic ceremony legalising their union. Continue reading “Indonesia struggles to curb child marriage”