23 July 2010
"To Laugh or To Cry" that is the question?
This news piece (in Indonesian) caught my attention for no other reason than the utter hypocrisy and stupidity of it. Then again, perhaps I just do not get it, perhaps I just do not understand, and perhaps this plan makes things better.
It seems that there has been some discussion that the police are thinking of formalising Nazriel 'Ariel' Irham and Luna Maya's relationship by forcibly marrying them. The rationale here being that they have committed a sin by having pre-marital relations (sex to the rest of us). They are likely to be subject to 'social' sanctions for this offense. Now, some social relations wizard has determined that the only way to avoid this social sanction is to force the two lovebirds into marriage.
Nah, if this was a sin because they did the deed outside the binds of marriage, then how does forcing them to marry after the fact absolve them of the original "sin"? Can the marriage be back-dated to before the sex occurred? This is hypocritical and it is stupid. If these two want to get married then let them be the deciders of their own future. Perhaps if the wider community wants to sanction them, then perhaps it is time that this wider community had a good hard look at itself and thought about its priorities.
This case has been going on long enough. The police have to do their job, complete the investigation, hand off the case brief to the prosecutors, and move on. The prosecutors in turn have to do their job and get this thing prosecuted. Alternatively, a decision is made somewhere on the food chain here that Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari are not going to be prosecuted because a conviction is unlikely, and let this case go, go out of the public eye.
I am forever the eternal optimist!