Indonesian teens jailed for brutal murder, gang rape
10 May 2016, 21:40
Curup – Seven Indonesian teenagers were jailed on Tuesday for the
brutal murder and gang rape of a 14-year-old girl that sparked a national
debate on sexual violence.
They were among a gang who set upon the schoolgirl while she was
on her way home in a small village on the western island of Sumatra.
Her battered body was found three days later in woods, tied up and
naked, and 12 people were arrested over the attack.
On Tuesday seven attackers, aged 16 and 17, were found guilty at a
court in the Curup district of Sumatra and sentenced to 10 years in jail each.
"This is in line with our demands," said Eko Hening
Wardhono, an official from the attorney-general's office, adding that police
were still investigating the other five.
A further two suspects are still on the run.
The crime took place in early April but it only caught the
attention of the nation a month later, as reports of the incident went viral on
social media and tens of thousands signed online petitions.
The case led activists to call for harsher punishments for sex
attackers and sparked protests in the capital Jakarta. It also prompted
President Joko Widodo to call for better protection for women.
It has drawn comparisons with the fatal gang-rape of a student on
a bus in Delhi in 2012, which sparked mass protests and led to an overhaul of
India's rape laws.
Activist Rita Pranawati, from government-backed rights group the
Indonesian Child Protection Commission, welcomed Tuesday's jail terms but said
more needed to be done to tackle the root causes of sexual violence.
"Cases like this happen due to various reasons, from
parenting problems, to bad education and drinking problems," she said.
Sexual violence against women is rampant in Indonesia, according
to the National Commission on Violence Against Women.