The Jakarta Post
South Jakarta Police have detained an Egyptian national identified only as KM, 33, for alleged domestic violence against his Indonesian wife, N, 48, in their apartment in Kalibata City, South Jakarta.
“His friends told him that Indonesians tended to have love affairs. He was haunted by that idea so that he became continuously suspicious of his wife,” Sr. Comr. Indra Jafar, the South Jakarta Police chief, said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.
“However there is no evidence that his wife cheated on him,” Indra went on, adding that N’s phone had been checked to find any evidence of adultery.
Indra said urine tests had shown that KM was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the violence, leading to the conclusion that he frequently abused his wife.
The police crimes division head, Adj. Sr. Comr. Stefanus Michael Tamutuan, said that on Monday KM had allegedly beaten N using a broomstick. When the broomstick broke, he continued with a mop handle and finally with an iron bar he kept in the apartment’s cupboard. When KM took a knife from the kitchen, N pleaded with him not to stab her.
The next day N reported the incident to the women and children’s division of the South Jakarta Police. KM was arrested on Wednesday.
KM, who has an official stay permit to live in Indonesia, is now facing charges under Law No. 23/2004 on the eradication of domestic violence. (gis)