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Jakarta Post

Child rape or fornication? Under Aceh's sharia law, it could be both

Illustration of child abuse.(Shutterstock/File)
Budi Sutrisno and Ary Hermawan
Jakarta   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

On Dec. 15, 2017, a 17-year-old girl from Nagan Raya, Aceh, who will be referred to as Mira, says she was raped.

According to a court document of her account, the girl said her 18-year-old boyfriend had asked to meet her at a quiet location to exchange mobile phones, and when they met, he made sexual advances toward her. She told him, “Don’t, don’t,” but the boyfriend ignored her pleas and threatened to put a curse on her family if she resisted, before pushing her down and raping her.

Mira suffered excessive bleeding and was hospitalized for two days before her family reported the incident to the local authorities, who charged the boyfriend with child rape and brought him to sharia court.

She testified in court, and her attacker was punished – not for rape, but for the crime of zina <...

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