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Jakarta cop in child sex-abuse allegation

Publication Date : 25-02-2013


A 5-year-old boy from Ciracas, East Jakarta, has allegedly been sexually abused by two men, one of whom is a member of the National Police.

The case came to light after the boy’s mother filed a report with the East Jakarta Police and the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) over the weekend.

According to commission chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait, the mother’s suspicions were first roused by physical and behavioral changes in her child, F, when she bathed him on Thursday.

“The boy complained of pain in the rectum and told his mother that two men, whom he identified as ‘Uncle Tall’ and ‘Uncle Big Eyes’, liked to play with his genitalia,” Arist told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

The mother, identified as MA, said as quoted by Arist that the child shouted on Thursday night in his sleep: “Let go! Let go! It hurts!”

The next morning, the mother tried to investigate her suspicions further and asked her neighbours about the two men, one of whom lives nearby.

Neighbours confirmed that F frequently visited the house of one of the men, Arist said.

MA followed up her findings by filing a report with the East Jakarta Police, who then referred MA to National Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, for her son’s medical examination.

“The examination indicated no irregularities,” Arist said.

Unsatisfied with the result, the parents requested a letter of reference from the police to undergo another check at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) in Central Jakarta.

The result from the RSCM stated that the boy had experienced repeated rectal sexual assaults.

The doctors also found a 3-centimetre wound allegedly caused by a sharp object.

“According to a statement by the child to his mother, the perpetrators usually threatened him with a knife while assaulting him,” Arist said.

The boy has confirmed the identity of the suspects, who have been in police custody since Thursday evening, although only through photographs, so that the victim is protected from further trauma.

“The boy, in a consistent manner, told police that it was them who assaulted him,” Arist said.

“The boy refers the two suspects by specific names.”

Arist said the perpetrators had allegedly violated Article 82 for assault against children of Law No. 23/2002 on Child Protection, which carries a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto confirmed that a police officer was implicated in the case, which was being investigated by the East Jakarta Police.


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