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Use outrage over delayed sexual violence bill to fight for victims

  • Ati Nurbaiti

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South Tangerang, Banten   /   Wed, July 8, 2020   /  08:46 am
Use outrage over delayed sexual violence bill to fight for victims Activists conduct a protest against violence to women and children at the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle on Jan. 29. They demanded government and the society to pay more attention to sexual crimes against children and women. (Tempo/Eko Siswono Toyudho)

The announcement sparked shock and outrage. “We’re revoking the sexual violence bill [from the 2020 legislative priority list]. The deliberation is rather complicated,” said Marwan Dasopang, deputy chairman of House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing social affairs, at a meeting of the House legislation body (Baleg). As quoted in this newspaper, netizens promptly offered to define “complicated” or “difficult”. Yacko, an Indonesian musician, rapped in her video, “Difficult is when a rape victim sees a doctor or a police officer but is asked, ‘Do you pray five times a day?’” As of Sunday, 111 organizations and networks and more than 30 individuals signed a petition demanding that Baleg include the sexual violence bill in this year’s priority list. Despite all the work done to advance the bill, which...

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