The Straits Times
Published on Jan 16, 2013

Rape remarks by Indonesian judge cause uproar


JAKARTA (AFP) - A senior Indonesian judge who joked that rapists should evade capital punishment because victims enjoyed the act triggered outrage and calls for his dismissal on Wednesday.

Mr Daming Sunusi - a High Court judge running for a Supreme Court position - made the remarks during a fit-and-proper test, when parliament asked whether the country should introduce the death penalty for rapists.

"The one raped and the rapist both enjoy it, so (we would) need to think about the death sentence," Kompas daily quoted him as saying.

Sunusi apologised for making the statement, saying he was trying to lighten the mood of the tense interview.