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Unequal power makes women brunt of cyber law

  • Fitriani
    Fitriani

    Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 10, 2017   /  02:46 pm
Unequal power makes women brunt of cyber law Feminist jurisprudence considers that the law has historically been used to subordinate women. (Shutterstock/File)

Against the backdrop of International Women’s Day on March 8, several Indonesian women are facing lawsuits or still recovering from unfair legal suits filed against them through the problematic Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law, which was amended last year. Take the case of Ira Simatupang, a doctor at Tangerang Regional Hospital who reported her colleague’s attempted rape to the police in 2008. The investigation stopped due to insufficient evidence in 2009 and she was fired from the hospital. She then reported the rape attempt and unfair treatment she received to her supervisor and colleagues via email, but her email was then used by her former supervisor as a basis to take her to court. She was sentenced to five months in jail by the Tangerang District Court for defamation. Similarly, in 2014 Wisni Yetti, who reported her husband for alleged domestic...

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