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Domestic violence on the rise in S. Sumatra

  • Khairul Saleh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 2 2009   /  10:30 am

Violence against women in South Sumatra rose dramatically in 2008, from 396 cases in 2007 to 568 cases, a year-end report from the Palembang chapter of the Women's Crisis Center (WCC) has revealed. WCC Executive Director Yeni Roslaini Izi said on Wednesday that cases of domestic violence topped the list, with 210 incidence (39 percent), compared to 201 in 2007; followed by sexual harassment with 100 cases (18 percent, up from 24 cases in 2007); child molestation with 69 cases (12 percent); rape with 61 cases (11 percent) and 47 sundry cases. Reports of human trafficking, however, dropped to 81 cases (14 percent) from 89 in 2007. Of the 210 domestic violence cases, abuse against housewives topped the list with 169 cases, followed by 20 cases involving housemaids, 14 cases involving children and seven incest cases. The data was derived from reports filed at th...