BAIQ NURIL MAKNUN
Sexual harassment victim jailed for six months
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.
WISNU AGUNG / BERITAGAR.ID