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Bad start to the year for women in Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 14 2013   /  10:50 am

First there was RI. An 11-year-old from a family of Jakarta scavengers discovered with injuries to her genitals and a sexually transmitted disease. RI’s 55-year-old father, Sunoto, who has the same disease, reportedly confessed to raping her. The girl passed away on Jan. 6 from an inflammation of the brain.

Then there was NWJ, impregnated by a 39-year-old construction worker when she was 13. NWJ and the married father of two wed on Jan. 26 in a Balinese Hindu ceremony witnessed by both parties’ families and officiated by the customary village chief. The 7-months-pregnant teenager went into labor on Feb. 4 and the infant did not survive.

And then there was FO, the 17-year-old who married Garut regent Aceng Fikri in a nikah siri or unregistered Muslim marriage last year. The father of three divorced FO three days after their wedding via text message, claiming she was not ...