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Jakarta Post

Survey finds Jakarta among world’s worst for women

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 19, 2017   /  09:56 am
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Traffic is seen on Jl. Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta in this file photo. Such scenes, common to Greater Jakarta commuters, are costing the capital a bundle every year, to the tune of US$5 billion.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The family of Dewi, a pseudonym, decided to drop a legal case at the beginning of 2017 against a man who raped her in Jakarta. She was ultimately forced to marry the perpetrator, because her family thought it would be best for her and the child in her womb. Such a case, according to the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), which assisted Dewi’s attempt to pursue justice, reflects the weak protection for women, as many who fall victim to sexual abuse, end up failing to get justice. “The simplest example is where the victim has to pay for their own forensic medical examination in a hospital. They also don’t get proper psychological rehabilitation [following sexual abuse],” Pratiwi Febry of LBH Jakarta said on Wednesday. A forensic medical examination is necessary evidence when a victim of sexual abuse files a police report. Jakarta has been ranked the...