Monday, January 21, 2019
News Code : 354293 | Publish Date :2018/12/14 - 17:00 | Category: FORUM

Google hosts 'Sharia' App helping Indonesian Muslims report blasphemy, heresy
The description to the app on the Google Play Store suggests that “Smart Pakem” will “make it easier to find information and manage religion, belief flow and community organisations in the jurisdiction of DKI Jakarta”, Indonesia’s capital.

Hawzah News Agency (Jakarta, Indonesia) - Over the weekend, the Google Play Store approved the latest version of Smart Pakem, an app that allows Muslims in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to report violations of Islamic law – Sharia, including blasphemy and heresy.

The free-of-charge app, which has been downloaded over 1,000 times, was developed by the Jakarta prosecutor's office and claims to provide users with an opportunity to report religious beliefs they consider misguided.

 

 

People have been leaving negative reviews for the app on the Google Play Store, suggesting that Smart Pakem would imminently lead to "national disintegration" in Indonesia:

The original version of the app came out on 25 November, while the latest was rolled out on 7 December.

 

 

While Indonesia considers itself a secular state and the country's constitution guarantees freedom of religion, the government recognises six official religions: Islam, Buddhism, Protestant Christianity, Roman-Catholic Christianity, Confucianism, and Hinduism.

Most parts of the country, which has the world's largest population of Muslims, do not abide by Sharia law to the full extent, but the national criminal code forbids blasphemy and outlaws expressing "feelings of hostility, hatred, or contempt against religion".

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