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Family quarrel drags elderly woman into legal struggle

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 3 2010   /  08:50 am

Marsiyah, 68, placed both hands over her mouth, but her frail body shivered as she tried hard to hold back her sobs so they wouldn’t be heard by visitors attending her hearing at the South Jakarta District Court on Wednesday. She was listening to the state prosecutor in a case where she is being charged, along with her daughter, Yuswati Chasanah, of assaulting her former daughter-in-law, Febriyanti. If proven guilty, Marsiyah faces five months in prison and eight months’ probation.For her, it all started simply as an ordinary family quarrel. Prosecutor Novika M said that Yuswati was arguing with Febriyanti, the younger sister of Sofyan, Yuswati’s husband, after finding out that Febriyanti had entered Yuswati’s house without her consent on Nov. 15, 2009.Yuswati then threw a plate at Febriyanti’s face and she and Marsiyah yanked Febriyanti’s hair and scratched her hand, Novika ...