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Jakarta Post

Child rape victim gets help, but more needs to be done

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  01:08 am

Neighborhood Unit 05 of the Manggarai subdistrict is just like most kampung in Jakarta with houses built face-to-face and wall-to-wall in narrow alleys. A 51-year-old female resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said she often saw her front neighbor, a 9-year-old girl, crying on the balcony of her house, to soon be called inside by her stepfather.This may have been a sign the neighbor failed to see. In November, the girl told her and three others that she had been raped by her stepfather. The South Jakarta Police officially declared the man a suspect on Monday. The suspect was charged under Article 76D in conjunction with Article 81 of Law No.35/2014 on child protection that carries a maximum 15 years’ imprisonment upon conviction.The 34-year-old suspect stands accused of repeatedly raping his stepdaughter since June 2017 in their 1.5-by-2-meter rented room when his wife w...