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Sexual violence bill withdrawal risks sacrificing nation’s safety

  • Irine Hiraswari Gayatri

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Melbourne   /   Sat, July 18, 2020   /  10:30 am
Sexual violence bill withdrawal risks sacrificing nation’s safety Women’s rights activists protest in front of the House of Representatives in Jakarta on July 7 in support of the sexual violence eradication bill, which has been languishing since 2016 while rates of sexual violence remain high. The activists plan to stage similar protests on coming Tuesdays. JP/Donny Fernando (JP/Donny Fernando)

Amid serious efforts to ease the suffering of women and all victims of sexual crimes, including children, the public was shocked by politicians at the House of Representatives, who decided to remove the bill on sexual violence from this year’s National Legislation Program. Deputy chair of the House’s Commission VIII overseeing people’s welfare Marwan Dasopang said scheduling difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic were behind the withdrawal of the draft law, known as the PKS bill, from the table. Instead, the commission proposed deliberation of a bill on elderly welfare, he said. Pulling out the PKS bill is in retrospect a serious breach of painstaking efforts of activists on behalf of victims of sexual violence to get the bill passed. Again, the politicians deny the rights of victims of sexual crimes. A political decision was taken arbitrarily and with a very p...

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