Indonesian lawmakers have unanimously accepted amnesty for a lady who was sentenced to six months in jail for filming her boss’s alleged sexual harassment.
Indonesia’s House of Representatives on Thursday agreed that President Joko Widodo would grant Baiq Nuril Maknun amnesty, based on CNN Indonesia. A standing ovation greeted the decision from attendees at the house.
Earlier than the decision was handed down, Deputy Chairperson of the House of Representatives Commission III, Erma Suryani Ranik, informed lawmakers she considered Nuril as a victim, not a perpetrator, based on CNN Indonesia.
Nuril’s case made global headlines and put the country’s sexual violence legal guidelines under scrutiny, with rights groups saying Indonesia’s basically flawed system makes it tough for ladies who’re abused or harassed to seek out justice.
The decision comes after President Joko last week advisable that Nuril is granted amnesty.
Speaking to CNN earlier this month, Joko stated: “I’ll use my authority to present amnesty to Baiq Nuril … as soon as possible.”
Nuril’s problems started in 2012 when the principal of the school where she worked as a bookkeeper allegedly started calling her into his office and making sexually inappropriate comments.
“I might tell him to stop. I do not wish to listen to that,” Nuril informed CNN. “I used to be scared if I speak out he would fire me. He knew he had the power.”
Nuril recorded one of the explicit phone calls as proof of the sexual harassment she stated she endured on more than 50 occasions.