The Jakarta Post
Numerous women were reportedly trampled on at a job fair that was held by the Tangerang Manpower Agency at the Metropolis Town Square shopping mall in Tangerang, Banten, on Monday.
The fair, which will run until Thursday, attracted thousands of jobseekers who scrambled to hand in job applications at dozens of booths at the venue.
A jobseeker, Renny, received medical treatment after being trampled on by the crowd.
"Please. Please help, they are stepping on me," she reportedly shouted to nearby officers who were guarding the area, wartakota.tribunnews.com reported.
"My legs were injured," said the 23-year-old after receiving treatment.
Another jobseeker, Tomi, criticized the agency for failing to anticipate such a huge crowd.
"It was very crowded. I pity the women who had to jostle with the men for positions," the 27-year-old said.
Tangerang Deputy Mayor Arief R Wismansyah said he had instructed his team to address the problem, for example, by launching online job applications.
"We will create an app, which jobseekers can use to download their job applications. They won't have to stand in long lines and jostle for positions with other jobseekers anymore," he added. (vla)