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Husband tells court of family's mental health issues

  • Theresia Sufa and Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Bogor   /   Fri, October 18, 2019   /  08:59 am
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A video of a woman bringing a dog into a mosque in Sentul, Bogor, West Java, went viral earlier this year. Muslims consider dogs unclean animals.(tribunnews.com/Lingga Arvian Nugroho)

Firdaus Situngkir carefully explained the state of his wife Suzethe Margaret’s mental health during a trial hearing at Cibinong District Court in Bogor regency, West Java, on Wednesday. Suzethe made headlines earlier this year after she made a fuss at a mosque in Sentul, Bogor regency, believing that her husband was marrying another woman inside the mosque. She entered the mosque while wearing shoes and accompanied by her pet dog. The incident shocked members of the mosque congregation and netizens who found out about the incident through an amateur video that went viral on social media. The local police were quick to charge Suzethe with blasphemy following public outcry, despite a preliminary diagnosis that the woman was suffering from schizophrenia. Firdaus submitted to the panel of judges documents that confirmed the diagnosis, including records of outpatient treatment ...