Indonesia forgives the woman who was sentenced to prison after taking the ridiculous phone calls from her boss
Indonesia forgives woman sentenced to prison after taking her boss's ridiculous phone calls as evidence and exposing his sexual harassment
- Woman sentenced to six months in prison in Indonesia is granted grace by parliament
- Baiq Nuril Maknun exposed the sexual harassment of her boss by recording his phone calls
- He therefore lost his position as director and reported her to the police
- She was sentenced to six months in prison, but received amnesty
A woman who has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment in Indonesia for taking up sexual harassment by her boss has received amnesty.
Baiq Nuril Maknun wept and the legislators clapped when the country's parliament unanimously approved an amnesty recommended by the country's president.
Maknun was a teacher on the island of Lombok and began receiving brutal calls from the school's director in 2012.
A woman sentenced to six months' imprisonment in Indonesia for taking sexual harassment by her boss has received amnesty
Maknun (center) was a teacher on the island of Lombok and began receiving brutal calls from the school's director in 2012.
She decided to record a few and distribute the audio to a third person.
The messages left for Maknun include reminding him of sexual acts he had performed with another staff member.
Although she did not want to release the recordings, her friends convinced her to call attention to his behavior that was not limited to phone calls.
The director lost his job as a result and in 2015 he reported her to the police and she was tried according to the strict anti-pornographic legislation of Indonesia.
The teacher was acquitted of a Lombok judge, but the decision of the smaller court was overturned by the Supreme Court, which meant that she could not appeal again.
According to a spokesperson for the court CNA, Her case was thrown away because her crime has been & legally and convincingly proven & # 39 ;.
Maknun received the amnesty after the Supreme Court dismissed her appeal and did not have to spend time in prison.
The case became a # MeToo moment for Indonesia, a conservative nation that tolerates child marriages, has a lot of violence against women and is imposing virginity tests on women who want to join the army or police.
Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid praised the result as a historic victory for victims of sexual abuse in Indonesia.
Maknun (photo) received the amnesty after the Supreme Court had rejected her appeal and did not have to spend time in prison
In 2008, Indonesia adopted its strict anti-pornography laws, largely supported by the country's Islamic hardliners.
Indonesians who & # 39; indecent & # 39; downloading or owning material can be beaten with four years in prison.
Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly told parliament that the amnesty for Maknun was in accordance with Widodo's national development plan, which includes the protection of women against all types of violence.
& # 39; We cannot keep this matter in mind, & # 39; said Laoly, & # 39; it will only discourage women experiencing similar issues from giving their opinion and fighting for their dignity. & # 39;
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