Archipelago – Lovebirds in Purwakarta, West Java, may have to use their dating time wisely and efficiently, as their regent has introduced a new regulation that prohibits dating after 9 p.m.
"The sanction will be forced marriages," Purwakarta Regent Dedi Mulyadi said, as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.
Dedi said that he had explained the new rule that would take effect this September to 193 subdistrict council heads in his region.
He also said that he had encouraged the subdistrict council heads to issue a bylaw to enforce the new rule. The enforcement, he added, would include routine raids by local security officers.
"The bylaw must be finalized by mid-September. If they fail, their regions will not receive assistance funds," he said.
The aim of this rule, according to Dedi, was to maintain the morality of the youth as well as protect the honor of the parents of girls. Apart from that, the policy was also a response to parents' concerns about the rise of pregnancy outside marriages in the region. "We want to achieve a more cultured Purwarkarta," he said.
In response to the regent's instruction, many subdistrict council heads welcomed the plan to issue the policy.
Cilandak subdistrict council head Dadang said he did not mind with the new rule. "This is meant to be for the common good and is meant to create a more ethical and cultured society," he said.