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An inside look at the Kedoya social house

  • Valerie Halim

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 14, 2019   /  12:40 pm
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Family members visit a resident of social house PSBI Kedoya in West Jakarta.(Jakarta Post/Valerie Halim)

The woman who had just arrived at the Panti Sosial Bina Insan (PSBI) social house in Kedoya, West Jakarta, wept as an officer conducted a routine inspection on the second floor one day. “What have I done wrong that I was dragged into this place?” she said with teary eyes. The inspection officer in turn repeatedly tried to convince her that she was not being imprisoned but being rescued from the streets because she looked confused and abandoned. Unlike the woman, who was a new arrival at the social house, other residents who had stayed at the social institution for more than a week had a slightly different perspective. Rusia, 34, a returning female resident, told The Jakarta Post that it was nice in the social house because all her needs were met. However, as someone who was usually free to go wherever she wanted, being confined inside the social institution really...