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Indonesian woman jailed and fined $34,000 for exposing sexual harassment suffered from her boss

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An Indonesian woman who uncovered her dishonest boss has been jailed for six-month jail time period for her bother.

Indonesian woman jailed and fined $34,000 for keeping record of sexual harassment she suffered from her boss

Baiq Nuril Maknun was handed the sentence after discovering her boss was having an affair with a colleague.

The 36-year-old labored in a faculty as an administrator on the island of Lombok and had herself rebuffed the principal’s repeated advances.

Baiq Nuril Maknun recorded a telephone dialog with her former boss and her boss dialog with one other colleague to guard herself from his undesirable sexual advances. The recorded phone dialog was with the top instructor of the college the place she labored. She accused him of constructing repeated undesirable sexual advances and the recorded name was alleged to be her proof.

But the Supreme Court discovered her responsible final week of defaming her alleged harasser after a recording of his lustful telephone name to her leaked to the general public. The court docket sentenced Nuril to 6 months imprisonment and a effective of Rp 500 million ($34,000) for “violating decency” underneath Article 27 of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law, overturning the decision of a decrease court docket, which discovered her not responsible.

The supreme court docket’s shock ruling overturned an earlier court docket determination that had cleared her of breaking a controversial regulation in opposition to spreading indecent materials.

‘I’m saddened and shocked by this sentence’, Maknun’s husband Lalu Muhamad Isnaini stated at present in response to the ruling, which was issued final week.

The odd case stretches again to 2012 when Maknun recorded a dialog by which the principal of the college the place she labored revealed graphic sexual particulars about an affair he was having with one other colleague.

Co-workers of the college administrator later satisfied Maknun to launch the recording in a bid to reveal the person’s historical past of lecherous habits, based on her lawyer Joko Jumadi.

He stated: ‘The principal shared very graphic particulars about his affair with the college’s treasurer within the recording.’

In response, the principal fired Maknun and filed a grievance with authorities.

Maknun was initially cleared of the costs by a neighborhood court docket in Lombok, subsequent to vacation hotspot Bali.

But final Friday, Indonesia’s high court docket reversed that call, discovering her responsible of violating the digital data regulation and sentencing her to 6 months’ jail together with a 500 million rupiah ($36,000) effective.

Indonesian woman jailed and fined $34,000 for keeping record of sexual harassment she suffered from her boss

After she was discovered responsible, she stated in a video revealed by the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (Safenet):

The Mataram District Court’s ruling proved I’m not responsible. I’m really a sufferer of sexual harassment, and this is not simply.

Maknun instructed native reporters that the ruling was unfair, saying on the time: ‘I’m only a sufferer, what did I do mistaken?’

The court docket didn’t give causes for its verdict.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, human rights group Amnesty International Indonesia stated unsolicited, sexually specific and abusive phone calls, such because the one Nuril reportedly obtained from Muslim, her former boss, represent sexual harassment.

Usman Hamid, government director of Amnesty International Indonesia, stated:

It is a travesty that whereas the sufferer of the alleged abuse has been convicted for recording this name, little if any motion seems to have been taken by the authorities to research what look like credible claims.

Nuril’s case has additionally garnered public consideration, with an ongoing fundraising marketing campaign aimed toward getting cash to assist her pay the effective. More than 800 individuals had donated almost Rp 100 million as of Thursday afternoon.

The prosecutor’s workplace in Lombok instructed AFP at present it’s reviewing the case earlier than Maknun begins her sentence.

Indonesia’s corruption-riddled justice system has lengthy been criticized for the standard of its rulings, whereas the digital data regulation itself has come underneath fireplace for being too obscure and open to misuse.


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