Another case of sexual harassment in a TransJakarta bus station was reported on Tuesday, with the perpetrator allegedly trying to film up a woman’s miniskirt.
The man, identified as Suprianto, allegedly used his cellphone camera and a flashlight pen to videotape the woman’s undergarments beneath her miniskirt as they were crowded inside the TransJakarta terminal in Harmoni, Central Jakarta, while waiting for a bus bound for South Jakarta’s Blok M.
The woman, an employee of the Indonesian Stock Exchange identified as A.T.G., wasn’t aware of the alleged act. It was another passenger standing behind Suprianto who saw what he was doing, and immediately alerted a TransJakarta officer.
Suprianto was dragged out of the line and interrogated, during which he said he was aroused by A.T.G.’s perfume, before he was sent to the Central Jakarta Police office, according to kompas.com.
A number of sexual harassment cases have been reported on board crammed TransJakarta buses and their overcrowded stations over the past few years, as the number of passengers has continued to rise without a commensurate increase in the number of buses.
TransJakarta management has attempted to separate male and female passengers in waiting lines and inside buses on some corridors, but the inadequate bus fleet has often forced riders to be jammed together in spite of the measures.
Responding to the Tuesday incident, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said he expected the arrival of 66 new buses in January would help prevent similar incidents in the future.