Jakarta – A top official at the National Police's internal affairs division revealed that a large number of East Java Police officers had been reported for marital infidelity.
Sr. Comr. Budi P. said that the East Java Police had recorded the highest number of infidelity cases in the country.
"At the National Police headquarters [in Jakarta], the East Java Police are famous for the many officers that are unfaithful," the official said on Tuesday on the sidelines of a visit to the Probolinggo police department headquarters, as quoted by kompas.com.
"After we checked the data, it turned out that it was true; East Java has the highest number of police infidelity cases in Indonesia."
Budi did not say exactly how many cases of police infidelity had been reported in the province. He said that police departments in almost every regency and municipality in East Java had reported cases of adultery.
"We have passed through Madiun, Kediri, Blitar and Malang, and all them have [cases of police marital infidelity]," he said.
He warned that those caught could be dishonorably discharged from the institution, "especially if they are cheating with policewomen, police officers' wives, or civil servants".
Sex between a married person and a person who is not his or her legal spouse is outlawed under the current Criminal Code and carries a maximum sentence of eight months of imprisonment. The law, however, also only allows the husband or wife who has been cheated on to report the crime.
A revised version of the Code, currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives, would outlaw all forms of sex outside marriage, including consensual sex between two unmarried people. (vny)