Indonesian teenager jailed for having abortion after being raped by brother eight times

Prosecutors sentenced the 15-year-old to six months in prison for terminating pregnancy after six-week limit

 

Sunday 22 July 2018 16:33
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Indonesian women shout slogans during an anti-abortion demonstration in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, 18 September 2005
Indonesian women shout slogans during an anti-abortion demonstration in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, 18 September 2005

A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her brother has been sentenced to six months in prison for having an abortion, police in the country said.

Both the girl and her 18-year-old brother were convicted by the District Court of Muara Bulian in the Batanghari district in Jambi province, said Singgih Hermawan, the deputy chief of the local police.

The brother received a two-year prison sentence for having sex with a minor, he added.

Abortion is illegal in Indonesia, but is allowed in cases of rape, especially if the woman's life is at risk.

However, the abortion must take place within six weeks of becoming pregnant and be performed by professionals.

The girl had her abortion when she was six months' pregnant, according to a court official.

Her mother is facing charges for aiding the abortion. She said she helped her daughter out of fear of being shamed by neighbours.

It was revealed in court that the girl had been raped eight times since September.

In May, residents discovered a headless foetus near a palm oil plantation. Police made the arrests in June.

The defendants and their lawyers accepted the sentences, which also ruled that the girl and her brother must undergo rehabilitation at the Institute for Special Education of Children.

It was not clear whether the prosecutors, who had demanded a one-year prison sentence for the girl and seven years for her brother, would appeal the sentences.

Associated Press

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