Indonesia school expels raped pupil

2012-10-09 15:00

Jakarta - An Indonesian school has expelled a 14-year-old girl, claiming she "tarnished" the institution's image after she was raped by a trafficking syndicate, a child rights activist said on Tuesday.

Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairperson of the National Commission for Child Protection, said a private school just outside Jakarta expelled the teenager during a ceremony attended by pupils on Monday.

A teacher told the girl she had "tarnished the school's image", said Sirait. "The school has worsened her trauma by humiliating her in front of hundreds of schoolmates," he said.

The commission has sent a letter of protest to the school's management and will also write to the education ministry, asking them to review its licence, said Sirait.

"The girl was the victim of child trafficking. The school should have helped her to cope with her trauma," he said.

Sirait said the teenage girl was contacted through Facebook by a member of a trafficking syndicate that imprisoned her for a week last month.

"The school failed to ensure child rights for access to education," he said.

The school could not be reached for comment.

  • Justin Mettew - 2012-10-09 17:55

    This attitude is appauling and should be denounced. Further isolating a victim if rape.

  • pvjohnson1 - 2012-10-09 18:01

    @mohammed.s.gathoo-while religion should not be the topic, in this instance,the fact that 88 percent of Indonesia is Muslim,the likelihood of it being a Muslim school is pretty good,would'nt you say?Numerous, previous instances of similar actions unfortunately highlight this backward thinking any many parts of the Mid/Far East-a 14 year old Pakistani girl was shot today because she advocates education for girls.Radicalism and archaic mindsets in any religion are destructive and quite frankly,sickening.

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