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Jakarta Post

‘Now my name is Joyo’

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Wed, December 28 2011   /  08:40 am

Siti Maimunah, 19, a resident of Genuk subdistrict in Semarang, Central Java, has declared herself a male named Muhammad Prawirodirjoyo following a verdict by a local court.

His parents used to treat him as a female, but on Tuesday the Semarang court ruled that Siti was a man.

“I’m glad. Now my name is Joyo. Maimunah does not exist anymore. I’m not a female. I’m Joyo, truly a man,” he said after the court session.

He expressed hope that his parents could accept him and would not treat him as a female anymore.

Iva Sudewi, a judge at the Semarang court, said that based on evidence, including that from a medical team at Kariadi Hospital, Siti Maimunah was a man.

“Therefore, as of today, Siti Maimunah deserves her new name to be Muhammad Prawirodirjoyo,” Iva said in her verdict.

“Considering testimonies from witnesses, including relat...