Sex­ual ha­rass­ment vic­tim jailed for six months

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In Au­gust 2012, Baiq Nuril Mak­nun

( born 1978) was work­ing as a tem­po­rary em­ployee at State Se­nior High School 7 in Mataram, Lom­bok Is­land. Her job was to as­sist the school’s trea­surer, Lan­driati. The school’s prin­ci­pal at that time was a man named Mus­lim. Ac­cord­ing to court records, Mus­lim of­ten re­quested Baiq and Lan­driati ac­com­pany him to a pri­vate room at Puri Saron Ho­tel in the Seng­gigi beach re­sort area for “over­time”. On one oc­ca­sion, Baiq ar­rived at the ho­tel room with her young child. Mus­lim or­dered her to take her child to the ho­tel’s pool for a while. When she re­turned af­ter about 90 min­utes, Mus­lim al­legedly showed her his sperm on the bed sheet. That af­ter­noon, he made a vul­gar tele­phone call to Baiq. She recorded the call, as she wanted to dis­prove ru­mours she was in­ti­mately ac­quainted with the prin­ci­pal. In Au­gust 2015, Baiq met with her col­league, Imam Mu­dawin, at a lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fice. He copied the au­dio file from Baiq’s phone to his lap­top with the in­tent of re­port­ing the mat­ter to Mataram City Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly. The record­ing was shared among teach­ers and some stu­dents. Mus­lim lost his job and re­ported Baiq to police, ac­cus­ing her of spread­ing in­for­ma­tion that “vi­o­lated de­cency”. She was ar­rested on March 24, 2017. She went on trial at Mataram Dis­trict Court and was acquitted on July 26, 2017. Mus­lim ap­pealed. The Supreme Court on Septem­ber 26, 2018, convicted Baiq of vi­o­lat­ing the Elec­tronic In­for­ma­tion and Trans­ac­tions Law and sen­tenced her to six months’ jail. The three judges who convicted her are Maruap Dohmatiga Pasaribu, Eddy Army and Sri Mur­wahyuni.


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