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Jakarta Post

Sexual violence bill hangs in the balance

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 5, 2017   /  07:58 am
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In this file photo, protesters carrying posters opposing sexual violence during the Car Free Day at Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on May 15. Protesters demand the government to end sexual violence against women and children amid recent cases of rape and murder in several areas in Indonesia.(Antara/Teresia May)

The 2016 gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old student named Yuyun by 14 boys and men was a wake-up call for the government to devise stronger legislation to address rape culture in the country. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced he was taking the matter seriously by telling the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) that he supported a bill the commission had drafted to end sexual violence. It’s been more than year since the twitter hashtag #NyalaUntukYuyun brought the issue of rape culture into spotlight, yet the lawmakers and the government have yet to deliberate the bill, which women say is extremely important to protect them from all forms of sexual violence. The House of Representatives has, in fact, already listed the bill, named the sexual violence bill, in the 2017 national legislation program. It sent a letter to the St...