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School destroyed after cleric molested female student

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Depok   /   Tue, August 28 2012   /  07:00 am
(Tribunnews.com/Bahri Kurniawan)(Tribunnews.com/Bahri Kurniawan)

(Tribunnews.com/Bahri Kurniawan)The police stood on guard on Monday at pesantren (Islamic boarding school) Masyhadul As Musthatobah Curug in Depok, West Java, after a mob attacked the school on Sunday night over a cleric who allegedly molested a female student.

Depok Police said that the angry mob destroyed and burned the school upon rumors that Fauzan, 40, who had been detained since Saturday, had been released on Sunday.

The mob knocked down the school’s wall, tore down steel gates and burned down two pavilions. The 7,000-square-meter school compound was empty when the incident took place because the students were still on Idul Fitri vacation. The estimate of total loss is around Rp 150 million (US$15,789).

Residents learned over the weekend that Fauzan, the principal cleric, had sexually harassed student M, now 19, since 2009 and forced her to engage in an unof...