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Rights of violated teen murder suspect ‘must be protected’

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 22 2020   /  01:01 am

The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has called on law enforcers to protect the rights of a teen murder suspect who is also pregnant, allegedly as a result of rape, in a case that has elicited both sympathy and revulsion.

The appeal follows the revelation that the 15-year-old murder suspect was herself a victim, of sexual abuse, and is currently 15 weeks pregnant.

The girl stands accused of killing her 5-year-old neighbor in Jakarta, after turning herself in to the Taman Sari Police Station in West Jakarta on March 6, the day after the murder.

“We have to first consider that in the context of child protection, the child suspect is also a victim,” said Putu Elvina, the KPAI commissioner for children’s legal cases.

“Children’s actions are usually linked to their upbringing, the influence of parents, their environment and the media.”
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