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Jakarta Post

Indonesian exchange student allegedly raped in Netherlands

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 23, 2018   /   03:46 pm
Indonesian exchange student allegedly raped in Netherlands Solidarity: Residents put their signatures on a textile poster emblazoned with "Pray for YY" during a Car Free Day event in Surakarta, Central Java, on May 8. Yuyun, a 14-year-old student of SMP Padang Ulak Tanding state junior high school in Rejang Lebong regency, Bengkulu, was gang raped and murdered by 14 men in May. (Tempo/Bram Selo Agung)

An Indonesian exchange student at Erasmus University was reportedly raped by an unidentified man near her residence on Herman Bavinckstraat in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s citizen protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, confirmed the incident and said a citizen protection team from the Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag had helped the victim.

“The Indonesian embassy would assist [the student] and closely coordinate with local authorities,” Iqbal said on Monday, adding that the embassy would not reveal the victim’s identity to protect their privacy.

A local news report said the Rotterdam Police were investigating the case. A police report said the victim was riding a bicycle from Rotterdam Station to her residence on Herman Bavinckstraat at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and, shortly after she locked her bike, she was allegedly attacked by the assailant.

The alleged rape took place near the victim's residence.

The Rotterdam Police have so far examined about 20 witnesses and identified the route taken by the Indonesian student. Furthermore, images from CCTVs were obtained to identify the alleged offender, who the police suspect is a dark man who was wearing a hoodie jacket and riding a black bicycle.

Editor's note: We updated this story to make it clear that according to the description we have, the suspect was only identified as having dark skin, which in no way should be interpreted as African without confirmation.