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Jakarta Post

Women fed up and blow the whistle on catcalling

  • Rachmadea Aisyah and Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 2 2017   /  01:12 am

The parking lot in a complex of shophouses in North Jakarta’s upscale Kelapa Gading area seems like a safe place for women. Wrong.

Falla Adinda, 27, finds the place intimidating, if not terrifying. The parking attendant is a little bit too friendly, saying things to her like “Hei cantik, mau kemana? sendirian?” (Hi beautiful, where are you going? Are you alone?).

“I felt uneasy all the time. I just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible,” Falla, a medical doctor, says. “I never talked back to him. I was on my own and scared.” She has no choice but to tolerate these unwanted encounters since she goes there to shop.

One day, when she saw a policeman walking nearby, she reported the harassment to him. Much to her anger, the officer dismissed her complaint and just laughed when she started taking his picture and threatened to put them on social m...