80% of Indonesian teens watch porn at the cost of their studies

April 12th, 2008 - 3:10 pm ICT by admin  

London , Apr 12 (ANI): Teenagers in Indonesia , worlds most populous Muslim country, are increasingly visiting porn-sites usually at the cost of their studies, the countrys womens minister has said.

Meutia Hatta Swasono has displayed major concern on the issue, saying that the “negative effects” of such material was putting the nations children in danger.

“In 2006, some 80 percent of youth aged 15 to 17 were prone to access websites containing hardcore pornography, and most of them access the websites while they are studying,” the Telegraph quoted her, as saying.

She cited the survey by toptenviews.com and said that, Indonesia ranks seventh in the world, boasting the highest traffic to pornographic websites, much of which was contributed by teenagers.

However, in a move to curb this scenario, the government has launched a National Action Plan on Anti-Pornography Families, which will be educating parents on what kind of material their children are watching when they access the internet.

“This action is expected to increase awareness among parents that the future of their children is in danger due to the negative effects of pornography,” said Swasono.

The issue surrounding Indonesians’ access to pornography came to the fore recently, but mainly it deals with Muslim groups attempts to ban much softer porn, and public displays of affection.

In fact, it was just last month that the parliament had given green signal to a law banning Internet providers from giving customers access to pornography sites.

Under this law, whoever found guilty of creating, transmitting or downloading pornographic or violent material will be fined 50,000 pounds or spend six years in prison. (ANI)

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