The Straits Times
Published on Oct 17, 2012

14-year-old rape victim's family demands minister's apology


JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The mother of a 14-year-old rape victim has demanded an apology from Indonesia's Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh for suggesting that the encounter might have been consensual.

The mother of the girl, who has only been identified by her initials SAS, said on Tuesday her daughter had suffered a setback after the minister said she may have consented to sex and then claimed rape.

"My daughter was a victim, not an active participant. Our family has agonized over this incident, and then the minister's comment aggravated ," she said during a press conference at The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) in Jakarta.

SAS, who also attended the press conference, was allegedly kidnapped on Sept 23 by a man identified as Den Gilang alias Yugi, who worked as freelance public minivan driver.