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UPDATED: 20:02, March 02, 2006
Indonesian fashion industry rejects pornography bill
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A group of businesspeople representing textile and fashion industries association in Indonesia made a public statement Thursday opposing the pornography bill now being deliberated in the parliament.

The controversial bill carries several articles saying that showing sensual parts of female bodies is punishable by imprisonment and fines.

The bill, if enacted into law, "will potentially become a shackling of creativity and innovative ideas very crucial in the industry," renowned designer Poppy Dharsono said in a news conference here representing the group.

She said the bill could hurt textile and fashion industries and send a chain reaction to the industries of accessories, advertisement and apparel.

On Wednesday, editorial staff of men's magazine Male Emporium and their models picketed the Jakarta police headquarters to explain that they didn't sell pornographic contents.

The protest came after police seized the magazine from newsstands during recent anti-pornography raids targeting printed media.

English newspaper The Jakarta Post ran an article Thursday describing the bill as "laughable."

Female tourists sunbathing on beaches or dancers and singers reputable for their "erotic" moves may end up in jail or pay 21, 000 U.S. dollars fine.

Article 79 of the bill mandates the fine and a minimal jail term of two years for "showing off sensual parts of the female body," which include thighs, hips, breasts and navel.

Accordingly, women in traditional clothes could be subject to the punishment.

"Imagine how many millions of women in Java, Bali and Sulawesi will be jailed and bankrupted," said the newspaper.

"The bill, which in part is meant to protect women from sexual exploitation, ends up demonizing women as the cause of all sexual evils, compelling the state to force them to cover up, since "the definition of sensual body parts does not really apply to men, it said.

Source: Xinhua

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