The year-old kept her head down and closed her eyes as she waited for the whipping. Two teenagers were whipped in front of a jeering audience after they were caught cuddling - a crime in parts of Indonesia. The audience gathered at the public square in Banda Aceh in Indonesiarecording the punishment on their phones.
By Ana Trisuprapti as told to Sonia Narang. Ana Trisuprapti lives in a small village in the hilly region outside Yogyakarta in central Indonesia, where narrow roads snake past rice paddies and picturesque rivers. Her father works at the village government office, and her family grows rice in the fields outside their home.
The romance began when septuagenarian Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar took care of her neighbour Selamet Riyadi, 15, who was suffering from malaria, the local village chief said. Rohaya has been married twice before and has at least one child. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.
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Both the girl and her year-old brother were convicted Thursday by the District Court of Muara Bulian in Batanghari district in Jambi province, said Singgih Hermawan, deputy chief of the local police. Abortion is illegal in Indonesia, but is allowed in cases of rape, especially if the woman's life is at risk. The girl had her abortion when she was six months' pregnant, according to a court official.
A year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an official said on Saturday. The girl was sentenced on Thursday alongside her year-old brother in a closed hearing at Muara Bulian district court on the island of Sumatra, the court spokesman Listyo Arif Budiman said. The law requires that an abortion must be performed by a registered professional no later than six weeks into a pregnancy, and the woman must undergo counselling.
By Jill Reilly. A plan to make teenage girls undergo virginity tests in an Indonesian city has sparked outrage. Muhammad Rasyid, head of the education office in South Sumatra's district of Prabumulih, said he wants to start the tests next year to discourage premarital sex and protect against prostitution.
A person walks by a poster protesting child marriage in this file photo shot in Turkey. The tragic death of a teenage girl, allegedly at the hands of her year-old husband, in a small Indonesian city last week is prompting new calls to ban child marriage in a country where as much as 35 percent of girls marry before the age of 18 in some regions. The girl, who we're calling Sari here because even though she was married, she was also underage 15 years olddied in the ICU of a hospital in Indramayu, West Java, last week after being badly beaten by her teenage husband. That boy, who we're calling Indra, was detained by the police but then let go 24 hours later on a lack of evidence.
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