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Jakarta Post

Women's group demands fair trial for Ahok

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 2, 2017   /  08:12 pm
Women's group demands fair trial for Ahok Illustration of a women's clinics that would be built by Ahok if he is elected Jakarta governor. (Shutterstock/File)

Members of the Women Care for Jakarta (PPKJ) movement have called on the North Jakarta District Court to give Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama a fair trial on his blasphemy charges, arguing that the capital's leader was innocent.

“We’re sure that all the indictments and allegations that Ahok has insulted Islam are far from the truth,” Rita Serena Kolibonso of the PPKJ said on Monday.

Ahok and his running mate Djarot Saiful Hidayat, she said, had provided strategic and humanitarian programs to the city and shown work ethics that upheld honesty -- not to mention that he was also one example of a regional leader who combated the corruption in the bureaucracy.

“Their programs, including those in health, education and the social sectors, have enabled women to be active and get benefits,” Rita added.

(Read also: Ahok's good intent has negative impact)

The Jakarta Health Card (KJS) was among the programs she mentioned as being beneficial to women, adding that health services were also under a program that included free childbirth facilities, as well as free pap smear and cervical cancer checks. 

“The program has led to a decreasing trend in maternal mortality in Jakarta,” Rita said. (dan)

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