A demonstration in support of Baiq Nuril Maknun. (Antara Photo/Feny Selly)

One Step Closer to Justice: Lawmakers Discuss Jokowi's Amnesty Plan for Baiq Nuril

BY : AHMAD SALMAN & TELLY NATHALIA

JULY 16, 2019

Jakarta. The House of Representatives is deliberating on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's plan to grant amnesty to Baiq Nuril Maknun, a woman from Lombok who was sentenced to six months in prison for documenting sexual harassment by her employer.

Lawmakers discussed the president's plan in a plenary session on Tuesday and decided to hold further discussions during a separate session. 

The Supreme Court earlier this month refused Baiq Nuril's request for a case review, forcing her to serve a six-month prison sentence, which will increase to nine months if she is unable to pay a Rp 550 million ($39,000) fine. 

The sentence was for defaming Muslim, her alleged harasser, after a recording of his lustful phone call to her leaked to the public.

Baiq Nuril has since become an icon of Indonesia's #MeToo movement after her court fight against her boss' defamation lawsuit captured public attention.

Her failure to get justice represents the fear shared among many Indonesian women that a fight against sexual harassment, even if it is brought to court, could always be thwarted by a defamation lawsuit. 

"Thank you, God. And thank you all my friends who keep supporting me," Baiq Nuril said when told the parliament will continue its deliberation on the presidential amnesty. 

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