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Rape vic­tim jailed for abor­tion

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On May 30, 2018, a seven-month-old foe­tus was found at an oil palm plan­ta­tion near Pu­lau vil­lage in Jambi prov­ince. Police iden­ti­fied the mother as a 15-year-old girl, who had been raped eight times by her 18-year-old brother since Septem­ber 2017. He had threat­ened to beat her if she re­fused sex. Police ar­rested the two, as abor­tion is il­le­gal in In­done­sia – ex­cept in cases of med­i­cal emer­gency, and in rape cases if the preg­nancy is in its first 40 days. The sib­lings went on trial to­gether on July 9 at Muara Bu­lian Dis­trict Court, de­fended by the same lawyer. On July 19, the girl was sen­tenced to six months in jail for an il­le­gal abor­tion, while her brother was given two years for sex­ual abuse of a mi­nor. The pre­sid­ing judge was Rais Torodji. The sib­lings were sent to the same prison. Af­ter com­plaints by hu­man rights groups, the girl’s sen­tence was over­turned by Jambi High Court in Au­gust.

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