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Suspect arrested over murder of baby in Bogor

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Jakarta   /   Wed, May 11, 2016   /  01:37 pm
Suspect arrested over murder of baby in Bogor The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) on May 3, 2016 urged the government to swiftly pass the sexual violence bill. They made the call in the wake of the recent Bengkulu gang rape case. (JP/Viriya Paramita Singgih)

Police have detained a 26-year old man for allegedly murdering a two-year old girl in Bogor, West Java, and sexually abusing her corpse.

Budiansyah, who is a neighbor of the victim’s, was arrested at his home in Girimulya, Cibungbulang, according to Cibungbulang Police chief Comr. Roni Mardiatun.

Roni said Budiansyah was now being questioned to find the motive behind the offense.

Citing initial findings by police investigators, Roni said Budiansyah had visited the home of his baby nephew on Sunday to find the victim, LN, playing with his nephew.

“His nephew is a friend of LN’s of similar age. Before the incident, they were watching television. The suspect took LN to a room where he committed the offense,” Roni was quoted as saying by kompas.com.

After killing the toddler, Roni “raped” the baby girl and later hid the body in a cupboard, according to police.

LN’s body was later found by locals on Monday in a backyard, close to Budiansyah’s home.

Roni said police investigators were gathering testimony from witnesses and statements from a psychiatrist to shed light on the case.

The incident comes shortly after revelations of a gang rape and murder of YY, a junior high school student in Padang Ulak Tanding district, Rejang Lebong regency. Police have arrested 12 of the 14 suspects in that case, some of whom are believed to be the girl's schoolmates.

Local media initially treated the case as an ordinary criminal incident – alongside news on landslides and junior high school final exams. The case became a national issue after rights activists backed by netizens urged the government to take it more seriously.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to hold a Cabinet meeting inviting activists, including those from the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), today, to discuss efforts to end violence against children.

The meeting will be attended by various Cabinet ministers and the representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and police.

“The president is addressing child protection as a matter of serious concern. We appreciate this and hope this meeting will raise awareness among other stakeholders to give serious attention to child protection,” KPAI chairman Asrorun Niam Sholeh said in a statement. (dmr)

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