The Jakarta Post
North Sulawesi Police have arrested a man from Langowan Barat district in Minahasa regency for allegedly repeatedly raping his daughter over a six-year period.
The man, identified as Sam, was arrested at his home.
North Sulawesi Police general crimes unit head Sr. Comr. Pitra Ratulangi said Wednesday that his team had followed up on a report filed by the victim and her mother.
Pitra said the victim had been raped since she was a third grader. She is now 14 and in high school.
“The last time he forced himself on her was on Sept. 23,” Pitra said, adding that she had refused but he slapped her and threatened to beat her up.
The victim reportedly told police that her father had raped her several times in the last six years, carrying out the attacks when his wife went to work.
The police said the mother had suspected something was wrong but the father convinced her everything was fine.
After some counseling, the victim and her mother decided to file the police report.
The head of the National Commission for Child Protection’s (Komnas PA) North Sulawesi branch, Jull Takaliuang, said she appreciated the police’s swift action and she hoped the prosecutors and court would be equally firm.
Jull said the victim had told her that if she refused her father’s advances he would beat her up with a broom, a chair, pull her hair and bang her head against a wall.
“He should receive multiple charges for his crime. Rape and battery,” she said. (evi)
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