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Jakarta Post

Ahmad Sofian: Protecting child victims of violence

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Thu, November 13 2008   /  10:32 am
AHMAD SOFIAN: (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)(JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

AHMAD SOFIAN: (JP/Apriadi Gunawan) Ahmad Sofian's brow furrowed, an intense expression crossing his face, as he watched a television program about the marriage of an Islamic scholar from Semarang and a 12-year-old girl. The piece only ran for two minutes, but that was all it took to infuriate Sofian and his friends watching the program together at the office of the Children's Protection and Studies Center (PKPA). Sofian, the executive director of the PKPA, said many instances of underage marriage occur in Indonesia, but neither the media or the public ever expose them. As the representative for Indonesia at the second World Congress for the Elimination of Children's Commercial Sexual Exploitation, held in Japan in 2001, Sofian has been heavily involved in this field for many years. His research, conducted with support from the State Ministry for Women'...