Sexual Harassment in Indonesia




Indonesian women aboard a women-only carriage of a commuter train near Jakarta allocated strictly for female passengers and their children.
Indonesian women aboard a women-only carriage of a commuter train near Jakarta allocated strictly for female passengers and their children.
Photo Credit: indoBOOM


Almost 4 years ago I started a series of articles on sexual harassment in Muslim countries to counter a reader's remark regarding Islam's respect for women. To be clear: I am not making the assertion that Muslims and only Muslims sexually harass women - certainly there are many non-Muslim countries with this problem.

What I do mean to show is that Muslims publicly grope, fondle, and molest females just as much as, if not more than, the most egregious offenders among the infidels. The notion that Islam instills some kind of respect for women, morally superior to that of the followers of other faiths, is utter nonsense. Mohammed PBUH, the most emulated man in all of Islamdom, was an adulterer, a rapist, a pedophile, a molester, a serial whore-monger, and in general, a filthy ravager of women.

When a religion has a sybarite as its most revered and holy prophet, it is no wonder that Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population and often touted as a glowing example of how Islam and modernity can co-exist, is inundated with so many complaints of sexual harassment from women that special carriages and trains had to be specifically designated as ladies-only.

Indonesia’s Criminal Code encourages sexual abuse (1) for a number of reasons including the following:


  • By using a Shariah-compliant definition of rape which requires corroboration from two sources, including a witness, making it practically impossible for victims of rape (or other sexual abuse) to obtain justice.

  • There are no legal provisions which criminalize sexual harrassment.

So when you hear Muslims bragging about how their religion is the only one that truly respects women, go ahead, have a good laugh in front of them, then point them to this article.




ENDNOTES


(1):

Source [Word Document]: National Commission on Violence Against Women (KOMNAS PEREMPUAN) Jakarta, April 2008.




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