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Activists oppose calls to try alleged rapist under customary law

  • N. Adri

    Samarinda, East Kalimantan

Samarinda, East Kalimantan   /   Wed, August 5 2020   /  01:00 am
Illustration of rape.(Shutterstock/TungCheung)

Women’s rights activists have called for authorities in East Kalimantan not to bow to pressure from local groups seeking to use Dayak customary law to settle the case of a man alleged to have raped his 18-year-old daughter. The activists, grouped under the Coalition of Justice for Women, demanded in a petition addressed to, among others, the top brass of the Samarinda Police, the East Kalimantan Police and the Samarinda Prosecutors Office, to bring the suspect to court for his alleged crime. "The case should not be settled through customary law or be settled out of court," said Yuliwati, one of the activists who participated in the writing of the petition, which was published on change.org. The man was arrested on July 26 in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan, for allegedly raping his daughter three times when his wife was out of town. The lates...