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Manipulation of Kartini symbol must end

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 21 2016   /  08:32 am

“I have thought a lot about what people say: Live happily! [...] People don’t want to see the naked truth. They turn away revolted from reality [...] Earlier today, we were so shaken and moved by an example of the suffering in life […]” (Kartini’s letter to Mrs. Abendanon-Mandri, April 8, 1902).

In the early 20th century, a woman not yet 20 years old, named Kartini, thought a lot about the people of her time, especially women.

Not long ago came the sad news on the death of a young woman from a village in the West Java regency of Karawang, a 29-year-old dangdut singer named Irma Bule, who left behind three children.

She died after being bitten by a poisonous snake during a performance. Irma Bule worked hard, singing from village to village, with a snake as a gimmick.

It appears she used the snake, not only as an extra attraction to her performance, ...