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Selasa, 30 Juni 2020

8 children allegedly abducted in Depok, lured by eSports tournament - Coconuts

8 children allegedly abducted in Depok, lured by eSports tournament - Coconuts

A group consisting of eight children and pre-teens in Depok, West Java was allegedly abducted after being lured by an unknown man with an eSports tournament.

The victims, comprising two girls and six boys, are between 11 and 13 years old. They were playing around an area in Sukmajaya sub-district, East Depok on Saturday when the man, who has yet to be identified, approached them.

“The children were playing bentengan (fortresses) at the parking lot of Agung Market. Then an unknown adult man approached them,” Depok Metro Police Chief Azis Andriansyah said yesterday.

The suspect lured the victims with an eSports tournament, which piqued their interests. They were then taken for a ride on an angkot minivan to Depok’s main thoroughfare of Margonda street. After getting off the angkot, they continued walking until they reached a flyover near University of Indonesia (UI).

Four out of eight children ran away then, while the other four stayed with the suspect. They briefly stayed with the suspect at what is believed to be his house near the Kramat Jati Market, and then managed to escape at around 10pm by pretending to go to the toilet.

“After receiving a report from their parents, we immediately checked and found the children at the Kramat Jati Market in a state of confusion,” Azis said.

The suspect reportedly threatened to kill the four children he managed to abduct if they ran away.

All eight children are safe and back with their respective families, with police saying there is no evidence of physical abuse so far. Authorities are still in pursuit of the suspect, who reportedly evaded police capture, so his motive for the alleged abduction has yet to be established.

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2020-06-30 05:27:22Z
https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/8-children-allegedly-abducted-in-depok-lured-by-esports-tournament/

Depok City COVID-19 Recovery Rate Reaches 67 Percent - Tempo.co English

Depok City COVID-19 Recovery Rate Reaches 67 Percent - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Depok City task force announced today that the recovery rate of COVID-19 cases in the region had reached 67 percent. 

“The number of confirmed cases up to Monday night on June 29 amounts to a total of 511 people with an additional 12 people that makes it 67.06 percent from Depok City’s entire confirmed cases,” said Depok City Mayor Mohammad Idris, who also is the chairperson of the COVID-19 task force on Tuesday. 

The cumulative number of COVID-19 patients amount to 762 with 34 deaths among them. 

The city is also monitoring 617 people and 241 patients related to the coronavirus. 604 people are also under monitoring based on contact tracing. The patients under monitoring (PDP) that eventually perished amount to 115 people. 

“The PDP status represents patients that have yet been deemed positive or negative as they still needed to be confirmed through PCR tests, which the data is only released by the Indonesian Health Ministry’s Public Health Emergency Operating Center (PHEOC),” said the COVID-19 task force leader and Mayor.

Read also: Depok Investigates Alleged COVID-19 Cash Aid Corruption

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2020-06-30 06:27:19Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1359518/depok-city-covid-19-recovery-rate-reaches-67-percent

Senin, 29 Juni 2020

Depok case shines light on sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic Church - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Depok case shines light on sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic Church - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

A recently uncovered case of child sexual abuse at a Catholic church in Depok, West Java, has put a spotlight on sexual abuse in the wider Indonesian Catholic Church, causing adherents throughout the country to call for justice and reform.

On Sunday, the Catholic Women Human Rights Activists, a group made up of 194 Indonesian Catholic women, condemned the sexual assaults allegedly carried out by 42-year-old church caretaker Syahril Parlindungan Marbun, who has been accused of molesting at least 20 altar boys between the ages of 11 and 15 since 2012.

The group said one of the victim’s parents had reported the alleged assault to St. Herkulanus Church in 2014.

“However, at that time, the issue was solved through mediation by the church and the suspect was not removed from his position as the altar boys’ mentor but was instead promoted to head of the mentorship subsection,” the group said in a statement on Sunday.

The group called on the Diocese of Bogor and St. Herkulanus Church to establish a “safe place” maintained by a team of independent experts to manage and document the rehabilitation of victims and their families. 

Other rights’ activists have said that the Depok case is only one of many sexual abuse cases in the Church, the majority of which have gone unreported because of a lack of support from church communities.

Last year, weekly magazine Warta Minggu, published by the Tomang Roman Catholic parish in West Jakarta, reported that at least 56 people had been sexually abused in Catholic churches throughout the country.

“We always face huge struggles against sexual abuse issues within the Church as not everyone seems to think of the matter as a crime against humanity,” Sister Eustochia Monika Nata of the Maumere Diocese in East Nusa Tenggara said at a virtual press conference on Sunday.

“What makes it harder is that our activism is often seen as an action against fellow Catholics,” she added.

Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Diah Pitaloka, who has long fought for stronger sexual violence laws in the country, said victims of sexual harassment or assault – particularly those who were assaulted by religious leaders – were usually silenced as cases could tarnish the reputation of religious leaders and church communities.

"Sexual harassment cases within religious communities are abundant in number, but only a few of them are reported. We need strong will from the community to change this condition," Diah said, encouraging more parties to push for the passage of a sexual violence bill that sided with victims.

Human rights activist Valentina Sagala echoed Diah's statement that reported sexual assaults were only the tip of the iceberg. Many victims, she said, were reluctant to speak up because of the absence of regulations.

"We need at least three things to encourage them to speak up: first, clear anti-sexual violence laws; second, reporting mechanisms for victims; and [third,] campaigns against sexual violence," she said.

The Catholic Women Human Rights Activists have urged the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference (KWI) to establish sexual abuse prevention protocols for women and children.

Maria Cherry, a St. Herkulanus Church parishioner, called on the church to create strict rules to protect children from sexual abuse. 

“Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been consistently reported on worldwide. This is a real danger, and church law should address it thoroughly to protect children from sexual violence,” Maria said in a discussion on Friday. 

Indonesian Catholic Women (WKRI) chairwoman Justina Rostiawati, who also works with the KWI, said there had been an effort in the diocese and the church to deal with sexual abuse through open discussion. 

“[But] while some Catholic Orders have started to develop and implement sexual abuse prevention protocols against minors, it remains a challenge to create awareness among Catholic dioceses and parochial pastors,” she said during a virtual press conference on Sunday.

Through his apostolic letter “Vos Estis Lux Mundi”, Pope Francis passed an ecclesiastical law requiring each diocese to create a system for reporting sexual abuse by June 2020.

The Catholic Church in Indonesia, however, has yet to create such a system.

Bogor Diocese judicial vicar Yohanes Driyanto said that setting up such a system was not easy as not many priests had mastered canon law. He added, however, that he was ready to be involved. 

“I’m ready to be a part of the group that will create the protocol,” he said.

Gisella Tani, a member of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Cijantung parish in East Jakarta, said that church laws against sexual abuse would assure victims that they would be well-received and protected and that their reports would be taken seriously.

“It shows support and will help ease their psychological stress as a result of the incident,” she said, adding that the church should develop comprehensive sex and gender education to prevent sexual abuse.



2020-06-29 10:24:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/06/29/depok-case-shines-light-on-sexual-abuse-in-indonesian-catholic-church.html

Senin, 22 Juni 2020

INDONESIA At Depok 21 altar boys abused by their tutor - AsiaNews

INDONESIA At Depok 21 altar boys abused by their tutor - AsiaNews

The incident was reported to the police. The parish priest and bishop of the diocese of Bogor want transparency in publically reporting this sexual scandal within the Church and the perpetrator brought to justice.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - For the first time, a trial could take place within the Catholic Church of Indonesia, as the parish priest of the St. Herculanus Parish Church of Depok (pictured), supported by the bishop of Bogor Mgr. Paskalis Bruno Syukur OFM attempts to make a sexual predator face justice.

In that West Java church, about 21 altar boys were led to perform sexual acts by their tutor known as SPM (42).

SPM is a lawyer and holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Jakarta. After being tutor for altar boys for years, the new pastor assigned him to head of the liturgical desk in February 2020.

Irregularities 

This shocking case of a sexual predator involving a man from the inner circle of the parish church initially surfaced when the parents of victims complained of some "oddities" in the behavior of their 11-12 year old children.

Assisted by the KWI Commission for Justice and Peace, an investigative team was set up to search for clues to the origin of the suddenly changed behaviors of these altar boys.

In the end they discovered the unimaginable: their children had often been seduced by SPM to perform sexual acts. Sometimes in the pastoral building of the parish church, in the predator’s residential house and in other places. What shocked these parents is also the fact that the same case with the same predator had been discovered in 2014.

The mother of one victim unexpectedly surprised the sexual act committed by SPM on her son at her home and then filed a complaint with the parish priest. But a "family deal" was made to put an end to the case by the then pastor at the time when these SPM sexual acts against altar boys came to light for the first time.

What prompted the Catholic community in the parish church of St. Herculanus to feel uneasy was the decision of the then pastor who continued to keep SPM as tutors to the altar boys.

It is unclear why he was not dismissed or seriously reprimanded for this sex scandal since the then pastor still kept SPM in the same tutor position as the altar boys until a new priest moved him to a another assignment in February 2020.

Supported by the KWI Justice and Peace Commission and a lawyer from the legal team, the parents of the victims finally presented the case to the Depok police and the perpetrator was therefore blocked despite his initial refusal to admit such a crime.

The case attracted a lot of attention in the Indonesian Catholic community when police publicly exposed the story last week.

The positive steps taken by the Church

Speaking to AsiaNews about this case that shocked the entire Indonesian Catholic community, the lawyer of the families of the victims Azas Tigor Nainggolan says that the number of victims could increase. The scandal has been taking place since 2002 and it makes sense that more and more victims are expected to come forward, despite the fact that today "we still only have 21".

What makes Nainggolan safer to act is the fact that both the parish priest and the bishop of the diocese of Bogor, Msgr. Paskalis Bruno Syukur share the intention that this type of sexual scandal within the Church must be transparently brought to light and that the perpetrator be brought to justice.

Speaking to AsiaNews about this incident, Bishop Syukur confirmed that he supported Nainggolan's legal action to bring the culprit to justice. "I authorized him to deal with this problem," he said.

The current parish priest of the St. Herculanus Parish Church, Fr. Sirilus Yulius Natet echoed the same sentiments. Interviewed by dozens of journalists about the scandal, he told the media "almost everything". He will not cover up this incident, in the hope of ending this type of crime in the church: "This type of legal process should become a best practice to be exercised in the Church, not covering the case but ending it appropriately," he told AsiaNews

Dissenting opinions

It is logical that such a "new" approach proposed  by the bishop of Bogor and the parish priest of St. Herculanus could provoke different opinions among the church community and among the priests of the same diocese. Some of them expressed concerns and criticisms about publicizing the case in how much this sexual crime within the church has been officially presented to the police.

"Why don’t we deal with it within our own community?" Asked a parishioner without giving his real name to AsiaNews since the case is so sensitive for all the parishioners of St. Herculanus.

Nainggolan, who is now the advocate for the victims and their families, does not deny this claim. "There are truly - he tells AsiaNews - dissenting opinions among priests and in the Catholic community on how to deal with this problem. Even some priests have openly accused me of 'destroying' the good image of the Catholic Church." "However, the bishop of Bogor and I have a common goal: to end this sexual crime involving people internally on the legal basis of our community ".

"Our goal is clear, namely to protect the victims, while showing the understanding and protection of the Church for them. The Church must act as protector of the victims and their families. And not fight them," explains Nainggolan, who spent years working with the Jesuit social apostolate in the now dissolved Social Institute, before starting his own law firm.

"I am still a devoted Catholic and my professional position as a lawyer is to defend and guarantee the interest of the victims and their families as authorized by the bishop of Bogor", he adds, rejecting any "accusation" by a priest who charged him with being disrespectful for telling the story to the public.

"This story could only be the tip of the iceberg, given that we don't have the courage to openly reveal culprits among consecrated persons in the Church," he says.

The legal team and support group includes a nun, a psychotherapist and a priest who work behind the scenes to protect the victims and their families.



2020-06-22 12:00:31Z
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/At-Depok-21-altar-boys-abused-by-their-tutor-50405.html

Jumat, 19 Juni 2020

Church caretaker in Depok arrested over alleged sexual abuse of 20 children - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Church caretaker in Depok arrested over alleged sexual abuse of 20 children - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Police have arrested a 42-year-old church caretaker from Pancoran Mas district in Depok, West Java, over alleged sexual abuse.

Parents had reported “suspicious behavior” of the caretaker, identified only as SPM, said Azas Tigor Nainggolan, the alleged victims’ attorney.

"He often kissed and hugged the boys and put them on his lap. Some parents also claimed that he verbally bullied the kids," Tigor told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The parents reported their suspicions to the church pastor, who conducted an internal investigation. Afterward, some 20 boys reportedly came forward and said they had been molested by SPM.

"The investigation revealed that SPM has been abusing kids since 2002. All the victims are male, aged 11-15," Tigor said.

Read also: Eight named suspects in sexual assault of now-deceased minor in Tangerang

He explained that the boys had not come forward or told their parents earlier because they were either afraid or were not aware that they had been abused.

Some victims reportedly experienced psychological trauma.

"Some victims are experiencing anger issues. We're currently working to help them and their families recover through counseling and therapy. It's our main concern at the moment," he said.

Tigor said the church was still investigating the case further to possibly uncover more victims.

"We hope the Depok Police will also develop the case, because even though our investigation has revealed 20 victims, only two of them have reported the abuse to the police," he said.

Depok Police chief Sr. Comr. Azis Andriansyah said SPM had been arrested on Sunday. A preliminary investigation suggested that the alleged abuse had taken place in the church area.

“He would pretend to ask his victims to tidy up tools, but he instead molested them,” Azis said as reported by kompas.com on Monday.

SPM was charged under law No. 35/2014 on child protection, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years of imprisonment. 



2020-06-19 06:37:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/06/19/church-caretaker-in-depok-arrested-over-alleged-sexual-abuse-of-20-children.html

Kamis, 18 Juni 2020

Voice of solidarity rises from Depok campus: Better late than never - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Voice of solidarity rises from Depok campus: Better late than never - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

A strange and solid voice emanated recently from the University of Indonesia (UI). After praising the student executive body (BEM-UI) for fostering free speech in its discussion on the sensitive subject of Papua, UI lecturers last week urged the university “to assume a more active role in disseminating diverse ideas [...] to avoid producing a [singular] truth”. 

Come again?

The lecturers’ defense was unexpected, not only for my alma mater but for Indonesian academia. We expect silence from our lecturers, who have been wary of their job security and careers since the New Order, even after 22 years of Reformasi. Many academics don’t really care to seek what are likely to be uncomfortable truths beyond the one version we grew up with regarding Papua and other touchy issues.

Over 20 members of the UI Lecturers Alliance signed the above statement, which was issued in response to the rectorate’s criticism of the BEM-UI, that the June 6 talk lacked a “strong enough scientific foundation” and had invited “inappropriate speakers” (the discussion’s speakers included Veronica Koman, a renowned human rights activist and lawyer who has represented many Papuans, and Papuan activist Sayang Mandabayan).

Alliance member Shofwan Al-Banna told The Jakarta Post, “[...] we felt that it was crucial for us [to speak up] now, because the very essence of any university is to enable the search for scientific truths”.

We tend to romanticize the role of academics who, like journalists, are often challenged on their integrity. Yet if academics remain in their cocoons, they risk simply passing on many dominant, but not necessarily true, versions of Indonesia’s history.

The New Order survived as long as it did partly thanks to academics’ support for and the media’s reproduction of its “official truths”. Those lecturers who didn’t fit the confines of state universities sought positions at private Indonesian universities or went overseas, if they did not switch professions.

Leaving was better than enduring ostracization, the threat of dismissal or a stifling daily environment, some lecturers said. Thus, while state universities still struggle to reach even the top 100 in regional collegiate rankings, becoming a lecturer lack appeal.

The prevailing “truth” that relatively few Indonesian academics challenge include the “’65” – the mother of all taboo subjects referring to the failed 1965 coup, the subsequent witch hunt and massacres – and Papua’s unquestionable place in the Unitary Republic despite the Papuan people’s racial grievance.

Like other recent talks, the BEM-UI discussion on Papua and racism was prompted by the killing of African-American George Floyd by a white policeman in Minneapolis. The lecturers’ defense of the student board was especially surprising, given that Indonesian academics rarely contribute to unresolved issues regarding Papua.

Among their few contributions is the recently updated Papua Road Map by researchers of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, which include their recommendations on addressing the fundamental problems of racism and the contrasting historical “truths” of how Papua became part of Indonesia.

Further, the chauvinism prevalent in higher education has led to institutional suppression of reports on sexual harassment and rape that involve respected male lecturers, while institutional conservatism has silenced gender minorities and efforts to promote interfaith tolerance.

Lecturers are not known for defending the outspoken student press, as in the case of Balairung Press at Gadjah Mada University (UGM). In 2018, Balairung published the results of its investigation into a female student’s allegations of sexual assault against another student, only to face denial, if not a cover-up, from UGM higher-ups.

Therefore, the lecturers’ support for a safe space to speak up comes better late than never, even as their integrity as scholars and educators continue to be challenged.

In 2016 for instance, UI lecturers joined in the fearmongering over the “spread of LGBT” that led to the closure of the Support Group and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies, which offered counseling for the university’s LGBT students.

In 2015, lecturer Rosnida Sari of Banda Aceh’s Ar-Raniry State Islamic University was suspended after publishing her experience in teaching students about interfaith tolerance, which included a dialogue with a local church minister. Her suspension, followed by public bullying, reflected the rising trend in intolerance, especially in the sharia-rule province.

Herlambang Wiratman, the president of the Indonesian Academic Freedom Caucus, said that academic freedom was no better today than it was under Soeharto, citing the new Science Law that requires permits for research on subjects deemed a threat to “national security” and “social harmony”.

Some academic discussions on controversial topics do reflect some progress, but their organizers must constantly take heed of the “who’s who” in the administration and their stance on non-mainstream views.

This means that all efforts to facilitate freedom count; although it would not restore what historians call the “lost generation” of Indonesia intellectuals.

Lecturers and students in 1960s Indonesia were targeted in the witch hunt against suspected communists led by university administrators and lecturers, as testified in 2015 at the International People’s Tribunal on 1965 Crimes Against Humanity in the Hague. This academic generation included thousands of exceptional students, the majority of whom never returned from their foreign scholarships in various countries, because the state revoked their passports and left them stateless.

The efforts of the UI Lecturers Alliance and others before them must grow and strengthen, as the hard-won freedom to speak one’s mind must never be taken for granted.

***

Staff writer at The Jakarta Post



2020-06-19 01:24:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2020/06/19/voice-of-solidarity-rises-from-depok-campus-better-late-than-never.html

Voice of solidarity rises from Depok campus: Better late than never - Jakarta Post

Voice of solidarity rises from Depok campus: Better late than never - Jakarta Post

Ati Nurbaiti A strange and solid voice emanated recently from the University of Indonesia (UI). After praising the student executive body (BEM-UI) for fostering free speech in its discussion on the sensitive subject of Papua, UI lecturers last week urged the university “to assume a more active role in disseminating diverse ideas [...] to avoid producing a [singular] truth”.  Come again? The lecturers’ defense was unexpected, not only for my alma mater but for Indonesian academia. We expect silence from our lecturers, who have been wary of their job security and careers since the New Order, even after 22 years of Reformasi. Many academics don’t really care to seek what are likely to be uncomfortable truths beyond the one version we grew up with regarding Papua and other touchy issues. Over 20 members of the UI Lecturers Alliance signed the above st...



2020-06-18 18:00:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/paper/2020/06/18/voice-of-solidarity-rises-from-depok-campus-better-late-than-never.html

Rabu, 17 Juni 2020

Depok Police Arrest Counterfeit Money Dealer - engteco_news Tempo.co - Tempo.co English

Depok Police Arrest Counterfeit Money Dealer - engteco_news Tempo.co - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Depok City Police caught a man trying to sell counterfeit money. On Monday, the unidentified man was caught red-handed carrying fake bills of US$2,800.

"This person was loitering on the Putri Tunggal Harjamukti Street in Cimanggis. When we searched him, we found US$2,800 fake bills," first inspector Winam Agus, head of Depok Police's Jaguar Team, said on Wednesday, June 17.

When questioned by the police, the man denied that he was dealing fake currencies. "But when we went through his phone, we saw chat messages of people ordering fake money from him," Agus said. 

The man also had real bills of other foreign currencies. He was picked up by patrolling officers when waiting for a buyer.

The suspect is currently detained at the Depok Police Station for further investigation. 

Read: BI Predicts Fake Money Circulation Increases Ahead of Election

M Julnis Firmansyah



2020-06-17 11:30:08Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1354706/depok-police-arrest-counterfeit-money-dealer

Senin, 08 Juni 2020

Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi at highest COVID-19 risk in Greater Jakarta: Task force - Jakarta Post

Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi at highest COVID-19 risk in Greater Jakarta: Task force - Jakarta Post

COVID-19 task force head of expert staff Wiku Adisasmito has said that Tangerang city, Depok city, Bekasi city and Bekasi regency have the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission in Greater Jakarta based on a recent increase in cases.

"We’ve made a map of the risk of COVID-19 transmission based on public health criteria by the WHO,” Wiku said in an online press conference on Tuesday.

“In Greater Jakarta, we can see that there are areas that have moderate risk and high risk. The areas that have high risk are Tangerang city, Depok city, Bekasi city and Bekasi regency," he added.

Wiku said that according to the map, Jakarta was at moderate risk because the province had shown a 17.6 percent decline in weekly new cases. 

Read also: Jokowi visits mall in Bekasi ahead of reopening with ‘new normal’ protocols

"However, when people who participated in mudik  [exodus] return to Jakarta, the capital could see a second wave," he added.

Wiku said the mapping was based on epidemiology, the health system and public health surveillance.

"The epidemiology indicator consisted of transmission rates, fatality rates, the number of patients under surveillance [PDP] and people under monitoring [ODP]," he said.

The health system indicator is measured by the hospital facilities, the availability of beds and the quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

Read also: Concerns mount over reopening of offices, malls as Indonesia steps into 'new normal'

Public health surveillance refers to the local health system’s ability to test, monitor and trace the contacts of residents.

Wiku said the COVID-19 task force had mapped the risk of COVID-19 transmission in all affected regions of the country on a mobile application called Bersatu Lawan Covid (BLC), which is accessible to the public.

"The WHO advises every country to map the transmission risk based on public health criteria to determine whether a region is ready to resume normal social and economic activity. [...] It can also be used as a guideline for each region to determine whether they need to implement or loosen large-scale social restrictions [PSBB]," he said. (nal)



2020-05-28 07:00:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/27/tangerang-depok-bekasi-at-highest-covid-19-risk-in-greater-jakarta-task-force.html