TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

'I refuse to have her degrading my parents': Mayor Risma acknowledges reporting 'insulting' post

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 5, 2020   /   05:21 pm
'I refuse to have her degrading my parents': Mayor Risma acknowledges reporting 'insulting' post Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani (‘left’) revealed that she was the one who reported has Zikria Dzatil, a homemaker who was arrested for allegedly making a derogatory remark about the politician on Facebook on Jan. 16. (Antara Foto/M N Kanwa)

Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has revealed that she was the one who reported Zikria Dzatil, a homemaker who was arrested for calling Risma a “female frog” in a Facebook post.

“I’m the one who reported her, personally. I signed the report myself,” she said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Risma said she had received a lot of pressure from members of the public who wanted her to report the account’s owner to the police. 

She said she reported the post because she could not accept her parents being "degraded".

“If I am a frog, that means my mother is a frog,” she said.

Read also: Woman arrested, receives 'death threats' for Facebook post about Surabaya mayor

The Surabaya Police arrested Zikria at her home on Jan. 31 and charged her with defamation for allegedly posting derogatory remarks about Risma on her Facebook account, which has since been deactivated. She had posted a photo of Risma sitting at a riverside with the caption “kodok betina [female frog]”. 

Zikria has expressed her remorse and has apologized for offending Risma. However, she and her children have had to endure cyberbullying as a result of the Facebook post. 

Risma said that she had accepted Zikria’s apology.

“I have already forgiven her. She’s a human, and so am I. If she apologizes to me, then I should forgive her,” Risma said, adding, however, that she would leave the legal process up to the Surabaya police. (dpk)