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Jakarta Post

Island focus: Acquitted rape victim begins school

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  01:01 am

Monday was a special day for WA, the 15-year-old girl acquitted by the Jambi High Court of an abortion charge on Aug. 27.

The Muara Bulian District Court had previously sentenced her to six months’ imprisonment for undergoing an unlawful abortion of an 8-month-old fetus and had sentenced her brother to two years for sexually assaulting her.

The girl resumed her education on Monday, visiting a school near a house provided to her by the Jambi Social Affairs Agency in Jambi City.

The agency had decided not to send the still traumatized girl back to her village in the district of Muaratembesi. She will stay at the house until her mother, who is on trial for helping abort the pregnancy, is released.

However, a plan by the Batanghari Prosecutor’s Office to appeal to the Supreme Court against the high court’s ruling looms large on her, although no clear informa...