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Influential cleric’s son accused of rape in Jombang

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jombang, East Java   /   Sat, December 14, 2019   /  10:04 am
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A banner in protest of rape lies on the ground.(Shutterstock/File)

The son of a prominent cleric in Jombang, East Java, has been accused of raping a female student at the Islamic boarding school where he works. The alleged victim, a 22-year old identified only as MNA, claimed that Moch Subchi Azal Tsani, 39, raped her in 2017 when she was studying at Shiddiqiyyah Islamic boarding school in Losari village, Ploso subdistrict. MNA studied and lived at the boarding school for nine years. She was expelled in early 2018 after reporting the case to the school’s founder, Mochammad Muhtar, a respected Jombang cleric and father of Subchi. She later filed the case to the Jombang Police after receiving support from the Jombang women crisis center as well as activists in her home town of Demak, Central Java. “The suspect is an influential figure from an influential family in Jombang. We give her our entire assistance and support,&rd...