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Jailing of trans woman in men's cell condemned

  • Budi Sutrisno

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 25 2020   /  01:00 am
Sexual identity is not a mental illness, but the lack of sociocultural and institutional support for trans-people is causing psychological harm to many.(Shutterstock/taa22)

Activists have strongly condemned law enforcement officials for placing a transgender woman in a men’s detention facility, calling it an insensitive move against the special needs and security risks of the detainee. The Tanjung Priok Port Police in North Jakarta had arrested M, an Instagram celebrity, for alleged drug abuse. M, a trans woman, was named a suspect and placed along with other men detainees amid an ongoing investigation process. The decision was made based on the fact that M was identified as a male on her ID card, Tanjung Priok Port Police head Adj. Sr. Comr. Ahrie Sonta said as reported by tribunnews.com on Monday. The case was still developing, Ahrie said, adding that the police’s narcotics detective unit was still chasing after two people suspected of being the suppliers and dealers of the crystal methamphetamine consumed by M. The move has s...