Prioritize the Best Interests of the Victims in Handling Cases in East Luwu

The Save the Children Indonesia organization together with the Coalition for the Elimination of Violence against Children in Indonesia (IJF EVAC) encouraged the government to immediately take concrete steps towards resolving cases of sexual violence that occurred to three children in East Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi.

The case, which has garnered attention since it was reported by the media Project Multatuli last week, has sparked public anger over the treatment of the authorities who were considered to be impartial to the victim in handling the case.

In its statement, the coalition stated that the government must implement case management in handling the East Luwu case. The quality of human resources (HR) who are responsible for handling similar cases is also in the spotlight of the coalition which states the importance of increasing the capacity of human resources who deal with cases like what happened in East Luwu.

“Confidentiality is one of the main principles in handling cases of violence against children. All parties are obliged to keep the identity of children a secret, whether children are perpetrators of criminal acts, victims or witnesses in the news in print and electronic media as regulated in Article 19 of Law Number 11 of 2012 concerning the Juvenile Criminal Justice System and also in the Regulation of the Press Council Number 1 of 2019 concerning Guidelines for Child Friendly News,” said Dewi Sri Sumanah, Media Manager for Save the Children Indonesia, when contacted FLY, Wednesday (13/10).

As previously known, when the news was released, the East Luwu Police and several anonymous accounts on social media immediately denied the contents of the news and disseminated the identities of the victims.

In addition to guaranteeing confidentiality, Dewi also emphasized that every case of violence against children should be handled comprehensively, not only paying attention to the applicable legal aspects but also other aspects such as physical, psychological and psychosocial aspects of the child that need to be prioritized in handling.

The Makassar Legal Aid Institute (LBH) and the LBH of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (APIK) South Sulawesi, as the Legal Team for Victims in East Luwu considered that the termination of the investigation conducted by East Luwu Police investigators was premature and stated that there were a number of procedural violations in the process of handling the case. .

The violations in question include the process of taking information from the victims, in which the mother is prohibited from accompanying her children.

The victim’s legal team urges the national police chief to reopen and take over the process of investigating the case fully and involving a team of lawyers, the reporter as the mother of the victim’s children, as well as social assistance to the victims.

Police Headquarters Sends Supervision and Assistance Team to East Luwu

Karo Penmas of the National Police Public Relations Division, Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono, in a press conference, Tuesday (12/10) night, explained that the Supervision and Assistance Team of the National Police Headquarters had been deployed since October 10, 2021 to conduct an audit of police measures at the East Luwu Police, South Sulawesi for handling cases. allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The team has found some preliminary facts.

“Some of the facts found, the first is that the investigator received a letter of complaint from the sister of the hospital on October 9, 2019. The contents of this complaint letter are concerned to report that it is suspected that a criminal event has occurred, namely an obscene act so it is not a crime of rape as viral in the media social media and also become a public discussion,” explained Rusdi.

He revealed that based on the results of the Visum et Repertum of the Malili Health Center on October 19, 2021, he found no abnormalities in the victim’s genitals and rectum. Likewise with the results of the post-mortem at the Bhayangkara Hospital Makassar on November 15, 2019.

“The result is that the first is that there are no abnormalities in the genitals and rectum, the second is that no other injuries were found,” said Rusdi.

He added that the supervision team had followed up on the advice of pediatricians at Vale Soroako Hospital to conduct a follow-up examination at an obstetrician as well as to find out whether there was a criminal act of obscene acts against the three children accompanied by the mother and legal counsel.

“But on October 12, 2021, currently, the agreement was canceled by the victim’s mother and also her lawyer on the grounds that her son was afraid, traumatized,” explained Rusdi.

According to him, the supervision team is still working to handle the case in East Luwu. His party will also investigate the leak of the identity of the reporter on social media. (yl/rs)

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