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Jambi villagers welcome banished, jailed rape victim to return after uproar

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 12, 2018   /  08:49 am
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It takes more than three hours to reach Pulau village from the city of Jambi, the capital of Jambi province. After passing through some difficult and damaged roads, the journey is continued with a 15-minute motorboat ride across the Batanghari River. The residents of this quiet village, which is surrounded by palm oil plantations where its residents work for a living, were recently shocked by an incest rape case, and their harsh response has sparked nationwide and even global outrage. A pungent smell in a plantation The case unfolded a few months ago, when a palm oil plantation owner noticed a pungent smell and later discovered the body of a baby boy. He reported his finding to the police and within a few days a 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicions of aborting the child. A day later, the girl’s brother, 18, was arrested in connection with the case. The mother, 38...