Protests in Indonesia as girl raped by brother is jailed for abortion

Source: The Guardian

 in Jakarta

Indonesian activists have filed an official complaint against three judges in Sumatra, who sentenced a teenage girl to six months in prison for having an illegal abortion after she was repeatedly raped by her brother.

An alliance of women’s rights and child protection activists met with members of the Indonesian Judicial Commission in Jakarta on Monday to urge them to investigate, saying the decision to imprison the girl was “grossly unfair”.

“In Indonesia they only see abortion as black and white, that we really can’t have abortions, whatever happens,” said Genoveva Alicia, a researcher from the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) who attended the meeting. “And they [the judges] see this as a normal case.”

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