Target: Linda Agum Gumelar, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection
Goal: Prevent the caning of a gang-rape survivor in Indonesia
A woman in Indonesia was gang-raped by eight men who accused her of committing adultery. If that weren’t horrible and traumatic enough, the woman is now facing a caning as “punishment” for her ordeal. This is a gross miscarriage of justice and must be stopped. Demand that the woman’s punishment be halted and that her rapists are brought to justice.
The woman, whose name has not been revealed by media outlets, is a widow. Her home was recently raided by a group of eight men, one of whom was really only a boy of 13, who found her with a married man. The man was beaten, the woman was gang-raped, and both were “doused…with sewage” before being turned over to the Shari’a police, Time reports. Incredibly, the police plan to cane both the man and the woman for alleged adultery. Ibrahim Latif, the police chief, was unapologetic, claiming that the man and woman “violated the religious bylaw on sexual relations.” He added that the rapists would be tried in a criminal court.
It is truly horrifying and bizarre when rapists are given their day in court while their victim is brutally punished without any semblance of a trial. Furthermore, the law under which the woman was “convicted” violates a slew of international human rights standards. This unfair, misogynistic and disgusting procedure cannot be allowed to go forward. Sign the petition to demand leniency for the woman accused of adultery and urge a harsh punishment of the men who raped her.
Dear Minister Gumelar,
I am abhorred by the recent decision to cane a 25-five-year-old widow after she was gang-raped by eight men. Her supposed crime—alleged adultery—pales in comparison to the horrific and violent act committed against her. She has already suffered more than enough pain and trauma—do not cane the woman, or the man implicated with her, for an unproven “crime.” Furthermore, I urge you to do all in your power to ensure that caning and other forms of violent punishment are abolished in all parts on Indonesia.
Perhaps the cruelest circumstance of the woman’s current situation is that while she has already been condemned and her punishment is imminent, her confirmed rapists will receive a trial. The perpetrators are being given a possible out while their victim is only punished. This is not justice, it is misogyny. It is cruel, backwards and disgusting.
The caning of the woman and the man accused of alleged adultery must be halted. Furthermore, the Shari’a law under which they were “convicted” violates a number of international human rights standards, particularly for women. Religion is not an excuse to codify the violation of basic human rights. Caning must end, and the law must be revised to reflect fairness and legal equality for all.
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