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Jakarta Post

Sexual abuse may occur even in holy places

  • Nihayatul Wafiroh

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, January 18 2013   /  11:30 am

Recently, the world has been overwhelmed by news about sexual violence against women. Starting with public outcry for justice against perpetrators of the gang rape of a 23-year-old girl in India, Indonesia has witnessed numerous sex crimes over the past few weeks.

The most shocking news came from Rawa Bebek on the outskirts of East Jakarta, where an 11-year-old girl died, allegedly due to complications resulting from sex assault, after nine days of treatment at a hospital. The police are still trying to uncover the cause of her death and the perpetrators of the alleged sex crime.

The series of sex assaults has evoked a very strong response from the public. In India, hundreds of guitarists launched a movement to fight sex crimes. In Indonesia, activists, students and the public held an “anti-sexual abuse” rally at the Proclamation Monument in Central Jakarta.

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