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Activists warn of steady increase in violence against women

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 25, 2019   /  10:20 am
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Activists and members of the public protest in front of the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta on Sept. 17 to demand that lawmakers pass a long-awaited bill on ending sexual violence against women.(JP/Anggie Angela)

Twenty-five years after Indonesia adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA) agendas on women’s empowerment, sexual violence has remained rampant in the country, with data showing a steady increase in reported cases. The 2019 annual report of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) launched recently revealed that 406,178 cases of violence against women were reported throughout the year, up 14 percent from 348,466 cases reported in the previous year. Among the reported cases in 2019, 71 percent was domestic violence with 9,637 cases, while another 28 percent was public harassment, such as rape and other forms of sexual abuse, and the remaining 1 percent came in other forms of violence, including those committed by state officials. The report also showed 192 cases of marital rape in 2019, up from 175 cases in 2018. Unlike i...