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Jakarta Post

Meliana reported for blasphemy

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Tanjung Balai   /   Sat, August 6 2016   /  07:53 am

The Tanjung Balai Police will proceed with the legal prosecution against two suspects, Budi Herianto and Rifai Zuharisyah, who allegedly incited racial unrest in the port city. The recent riot in Tanjung Balai saw 12 temples looted and burned.

The police will also build a case against Meliana, 41, the woman who complained about the loud voice of adzan (the Islamic call to prayer), which was then used by the two suspects to provoke a mob — leading to the unrest.

Surprisingly, Meliana was not reported by any individual or group. Rather, she was reported by a police officer who thought her complaint about the loud adzan constituted an insult to Islam.

“How can we prove Meliana insulted a religion when nobody reported her to the police? To solve this problem, Brig. Kuntoro reported her,” North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rina Sari Ginting said, referring ...