Christians and other minority religions need not apply for the Adoption rights in Indonesia.
This message was conveyed to a policewoman Hutagaol in Binjal, which is located in the North Sumatra province who had grown attached to a one-month-old abandoned infant baby boy.
She decided to adopt the abandoned infant and was ready with all the paperwork related to the income, family background and other requirements. Sadly, the Ministry of Social Affairs in Indonesia informed that the adoption had been rejected.
The reason is Hutagaol is a minority in the majority Muslim area of Indonesia. The ministry also informed her about the 2007 government regulation about child adoption that states that, “In case if the origin of the child is unknown then he is conformed to belong to the majority religion of the local population.”
According to Child Protection Law 2014, parents who adopt an abandoned child should have the same religion. Indonesian Child protection commissioner said that the law provides zero flexibility for minorities to adopt abandoned children, whose religion is unknown.
This is one of many laws related to minority discrimination. The minorities have to get permission from the majority to construct their houses of worship. The Blasphemy law formed in Indonesia in 1965 states that the religions which are the majority (Sunni’s) have to protect the minorities in the country, and it is the duty of the minorities to respect the majority. Anyone deviating from this law would be punished for five years in prison.