This article is evidence of a collective insanity taking hold in Indonesia.
Asrorun Ni’am Sholeh, chairman of the National Child Protection Commission, told the Constitutional Court yesterday: “There is no strong regulation to forbid same-sex marriage nor criminal sanctions,” adding that such punishments will “strengthen the state’s responsibility to protect the rights of children.”
Is that what Jokowi meant when he spoke of changing the nation’s mindset?
And why focus on the sexual abuse of children when there are so many other causes of maltreatment? These are stats from the USA. Indonesia’s would show malnutrition as well as neglect (62.8%), physical abuse (16.6%), emotional/psychological abuse (7.1%), medical neglect (2.0%), sexual abuse (9.3%), other (14.3%).
Why focus on “same sex marriage” when heterosexuals are the more likely perpetrators?
According to data from the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA), they have recorded 21.6 million cases of child abuse since 2010. Most of the perpetrators of violence against children are those closest to the victim, such as teachers, parents, older brothers, close relatives and even school attendants.
Last year KPAI data also revealed that 93 percent of perpetrators of sexual abuse were close to the victims, with fathers accounting for 28 percent of such abuse.
Then there’s this ….