Indonesia Supreme Court Candidate Jokes Rape Victims "Might Enjoy It"
On Monday, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court joked before the parliamentary selection panel that women who were raped may have enjoyed it.
Muhammad Daming Sanusi made the comment when he asked whether he considered the death penalty to be a reasonable punishment for rape. He responded "Consideration needs to be taken thoroughly for the imposition of death penalty for a rapist because in a rape case both the rapist and the victim enjoy it." This comment reportedly elicited laughs from members on the panel.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Daming explained that his comments were a joke to "ease the tension" of the interview process. "I have three adolescent daughters and one of them told me that she is very embarrassed and that she felt as if she did not know me at all," he said. "[I have] said something that no man should ever say, especially a Supreme Court candidate."
His comments quickly sparked public outrage in addition to criticism from various Indonesian political parties and organizations. Both the Democratic Party and the opposition Democratic Indonesian Party have announced that they would reject Daming's application. Chairman of the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection said "It is disturbing that a judge, whose role is to protect the legal rights of women and children, could say something so audacious and consider it as a joke" and called for Daming to be fired from his current position.
Media Resources: BBC 1/16/2013; CNN 1/16/2013; the Guardian 1/16/2013; New York Daily News 1/16/13
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .