Muslim school students protest against Valentine’s Day – says it encourages free sex

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Muslim school students in Indonesia staged a protest against Valentine’s Day on Monday, saying it’s a Western celebration that encourages free sex.

The protest recorded students who were between ages 13 and 15 and many other girls wearing headscarves chanting “Say no to Valentine!

This was the latest expression of anger at Valentine’s Day in the world’s most populous Indonesian Muslim-majority country, where Islamic clerics and some pious Muslims typically use the occasion to target what they see as Western decadence.

“This protest was organised as we have seen on television that Valentine’s Day tends to be associated with free sex,” said Pandu Satria, organiser of the demonstration that was attended by scores of students.

Speaking further, Ida Indahwati Waliulu, the headmaster of the school run by an Islamic organisation said

“That makes us afraid”

“There is a certain pride about this positive action carried out by the students.”

Meanwhile it was also reported that several cities across the country have banned people from celebrating the occasion. In a similar report, a group called The National Muslim Youth Association in neighbouring Malaysia to Indonesia, which is also a muslim-majority country, had urged females to avoid using emoticons and an excessive amount of fragrance in a pre-Valentine’s Day message.

The group also set out guidelines about how people could reject the annual celebration of romance by making anti-Valentine posters and not wearing Valentine-themed outfits.

Despite some objections, many in Indonesia and Malaysia mark the occasion, particularly in major cities where cards and chocolates are widely available.

In 2015, Indonesia’s Islamic clerical body threatened to issue a fatwa against the sale of condoms following reports they were being sold together with chocolate to mark Valentine’s Day.

– Channelsnews Asia

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