Students, teachers and friends of murdered 9-year-old Putri Nur Fauziah lay flowers on her grave. (Antara Photo/Lucky R.)

Activists Mount Pressure for Reform After Brutal Gang Rape Murder of Bengkulu School Girl


MAY 03, 2016

Jakarta. The April gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old student in Bengkulu, South Sumatra, has prompted renewed calls for stronger laws to protect children from sex crimes.

Yuyun is believed to have been attacked by 14 males — many known to her and most her age — on April 2 while walking home from school. Her body was discovered three days later. Of the attackers, 12 have been arrested with two still at large as of Monday, according to Rappler.

The case follows several high profile violence against women and girls, including the murder and mutilation of a pregnant 34-year-old woman last month in Tangerang, Banten, and the sexual assault and murder of 9-year-old Putri Nur Fauziah in October.

A coalition of NGOs held a press conference on Tuesday (03/05) to pressure the government into passing a bill to reform sentencing and improve victim services, Fairfax reported.

"The longer it takes for the bill to be passed into law the more victims will be failed,” Vivi Widyawat of Politik Raykat (People’s Politics) said during the conference.

Activists and supporters will hold a vigil for Yuyun and other victims of sexual violence at the presidential palace from 4 p.m. Wednesday.