A group of women
wearing miniskirts staged a protest at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday in response to Jakarta Governor
Fauzi Bowo’s recent statement blaming women’s clothing for sparking sexual assault.
threatened by the words of public officials regarding miniskirts. They should
be giving responses that protect rape victims,” said Faiza Mardzoeki, spokeswoman
of the Alliance of Women Rejecting Rape, who participated in the demonstrations.
Although Fauzi publicly
apologized for his statement, the protest was held to showcase the group’s stance
on rape, she added.
“This is a
lesson for all public officials in the country. Don’t ever blame women and
discriminate on the way we are dressed in a rape case,” she said.
around 50 in total, shouted and chanted, brandishing posters with slogans such
as “Don't Tell Us How to Dress, But Tell Them Not to Rape” and “My Mini Skirt,
My Right, Foke You.”
advised women against wearing provocative clothes while riding public
transportation in order to avoid being raped.
came after recent gang rape cases on public minivans, including the rape of a Binus University
student who was subsequently killed.