Last year there were over 300,000 cases of domestic violence nationwide, with almost 70 percent of them occurring within personal relationships, the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has reported.
These statistics show that little has changed in over a decade, despite the women’s movement helping to push the passing of the 2004 law on domestic violence.
The cases include torture and maiming, the murder of girlfriends, a wife being doused with petrol and the rape of young girls by their stepfathers or grandfathers.
It is not a problem that is only reflected in national statistics and the horrifying cases that get national coverage. The problem and protests against it occur everywhere.
In 2016, in Gunung Kidul, an impoverished area in the province of Yogyakarta, people from all walks of life protested the high rates of sexual v...