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Minor found after being kidnapped, raped for almost four years

first_img“Currently, she’s only 15 years old, which means she has a high-risk [pregnancy]. We’re preparing her so she could have a normal childbirth,” she said.She added that the victim’s mental condition is improving and she has already engaged in conversation with the psychologist.“Psychologically, we see that the trauma has been decreasing as she started to become more active in conversation. She also wants to return to school but she has the responsibility of taking care of her child,” she said.“We keep observing her condition so there won’t be additional trauma.”She said further analysis by the psychologist who is supervising the victim is needed to determine whether she is ready to be reintegrated into her family.“We have to ensure her security and well-being. We don’t want her to get stigmatized by her surroundings when she returns to her family,” she said.She said she also appreciated the police for charging the suspect under the 2002 Child Protection Law and Article 335 of the Criminal Code regarding kidnapping.“[The police] charged the suspect using Article 81 clauses one and two [of the 2002 Child Protection Law] because there were sexual acts with a minor and the [Criminal Code’s] Article 335. The laws carry a minimum sentence of a five-year imprisonment to a maximum sentence of 15 years,” she said.However, she said she hopes the attorney would also prosecute with additional charges because of the suspect’s close relationship with the family, which is regulated by Law No.17/2016 on the stipulation of the government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No.1/2016 regarding child Protection.Lidya said upon conviction the judge could sentence the suspect to 20 years’ imprisonment based on the 2016 law.Children Rights Advocacy Agency’s executive director, Andi Akbar, urged the government to protect the victim and provide her with psychological consultation, especially as she faced potential stigmatization by people in her surroundings.“The most important thing is the personal psychological treatment. Moreover, the family and local communities need to be educated so there won’t be any stigma that could worsen her condition,” he said. (mpr) “Her parents are staying in the village, while she’s with us until the childbirth is done. We feared that there would be many people going to her house and she would become depressed,” she said on Jan. 31.Cianjur Police chief Adj. Sr. Coms. Juang Andi Priyanto said it took almost four years for the police to track down the suspect as he moved around a lot and made it difficult for the police to find him.He accused the alleged kidnapper of also forcing the victim to work to generate income for their daily needs. He said they were eventually traced by the police when the suspect returned to their village after the victim requested to meet with her parents.Lidya said the victim is currently being supervised by a psychologist in the shelter to support her mental being. Topics :center_img Police arrested a man, identified as SF, 57, on Jan. 23 in Cianjur, West Java, for allegedly kidnapping his teenage neighbor four years ago. The girl, who is now 15 years old and pregnant, was returned to her parents.The girl was 11 when she was reported missing by her parents on Feb. 26, 2016, and was in advanced pregnancy when she was found by the police.Cianjur Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children operations head Lidya Indayani Umar told The Jakarta Post that the victim was reintroduced to her parents but is currently being sheltered in the agency’s rehabilitation center for trauma healing and childbirth preparation.last_img read more


China moves to ease mounting anger with reset of virus fight

first_imgXi has ordered “all-out” efforts to contain the disease and forcibly quarantined more than 40 million people in Hubei, while the party appointed a task force led by Premier Li Keqiang to coordinate the nationwide response. In recent days, the central government sent two senior officials to help lead the response in Hubei, and removed two top members of the provincial health commission from their posts.Pressure has increased on the party after a nationwide outpouring of grief and fury over the death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was accused by local police of spreading rumors after sounding one of the first warnings about the outbreak of the disease now known as COVID-19. Indications that news of Li’s death from the disease was also censored by Chinese authorities prompted further outrage on social media.“With the full support of the central leading team, the new frontline commanders, together with some newly appointed officials to head the local disease control and prevention systems, have been entrusted with the urgent mission of getting to grips with the situation in the hardest-hit region,” the China Daily, a state-run newspaper directed at an English-speaking audience, wrote in a commentary published Thursday.The reset met was with skepticism on Chinese social media, where residents had long speculated based on anecdotes reported in local media and shared online that case numbers were higher than the official tallies. Many compared the approach to the actions of a troubled company.“Past liabilities got cleared, so the new officials can start afresh, unburdened by the prior failures,” wrote a Weibo user named Maitian with more than 200,000 followers. The post was widely shared on the Twitter-like platform before disappearing. By early Friday, “Wuhan case number unclear” had become a top trending topic on Weibo.The reshuffle raises the stakes for Xi as he takes greater personal responsibility for the response. Ying was appointed mayor of Shanghai in January 2017 after a career spent mostly in the financial center and neighboring Zhejiang province, including stints under the future president.Jiang, a former governor of Jilin province who’s held posts at several banks, has led Hubei’s provincial party committee since October 2016. He had previously led the People’s Bank of China’s Shenzhen and Guangzhou branches during the Asian financial crisis.Local officials often bear the brunt when crises threaten the ruling party. China fired more than 100 officials, including the health minister and the mayor of Beijing, after allegations that local governments suppressed information about a similar outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in 2003.“This is a critical juncture of the campaign, so you also want to show resolve – that the central government is winning the war, and is even willing to change the leadership to get that done,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and director of Seton Hall University’s Center for Global Health Studies. “This is a demonstration of resolve – and the fact that they’re willing to take heed of public opinion.”The change in counting method will renew concern over the effectiveness the tests currently used to identify stricken patients globally, and raise questions over the true scale of the outbreak that has killed almost 1,400 people, all but three on mainland China.The traditional nucleic acid test identifies the virus in a patient’s body through its specific genetic sequence, but reports of a severe lack of test kits and the unreliability of test results have circulated since the start of the crisis. In Wuhan, people with symptoms like fever and coughing wait for hours in line to get tested. Those who test negative are usually turned away from the hospital.The issue has cropped up outside China, as well. On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that test kits shipped to labs around the world last week have proved faulty.The spike in number will likely intensify public anger against the government’s handling of the crisis. In an update to its treatment guidelines on Feb. 5, China’s National Health Commission added the category of “clinically diagnosed cases” in recognition of a shortage of nucleic acid tests. Hubei didn’t include that category in its count until Thursday, a week later.Yin, the Trivium partner, said the revision could actually help counter skepticism about China’s official data on the outbreak. “If the government is willing to see numbers jump by over 10,000 overnight, I would say that actually shows the government is not hiding the numbers this time,” Yin said.Topics : The shakeup represented the biggest political fallout yet from an outbreak that has in a little over two months shaken confidence in China’s leaders and caused countries from the United States to Japan to restrict or block visits by its citizens. The decision on the heels of the expanded case tally was reminiscent of a boardroom reset, in which bad numbers are disclosed first to give the new team a clean slate.“First of all, they are trying to clean up the backlog of untested people who haven’t been confirmed,” said Ether Yin, partner at Beijing-based consulting firm Trivium China. “It’s politically important for them to get the number right before the new party boss comes in, so that all the new confirmed cases happened under Jiang Chaoliang’s watch. The new party secretary needs a new starting line.”The surprise revision came amid mounting speculation that China was undercounting cases of the new coronavirus strain, as countries around the world struggle to contain a disease that appears to spread when patients show only mild symptoms. Daily declines in new cases in Hubei earlier this week helped push US equity markets to record highs on Wednesday.Asia stocks were mixed Friday as traders continued to digest China’s latest coronavirus data, after most global equity markets fell on Thursday. The moves came hours after Xi urged a meeting of the Politburo’s supreme Standing Committee to follow through on epidemic-control efforts, which he said had achieved “positive” results. China took action on two fronts to gain control of the spiraling coronavirus outbreak gripping the country: reporting a dramatic increase in cases and ousting top officials who failed to check the disease’s expansion.First, health authorities revealed Thursday that cases in Hubei province, where the disease first emerged, had surged by 45 percent to almost 50,000 after they included a new group of patients. That raised the global tally to almost 60,000, dashing hopes that the epidemic might be easing. Additional cases announced Friday by China increased the total further to more than 64,000 worldwide.Authorities also announced the replacement of the two most senior Communist Party officials in Hubei and its hard-hit capital, Wuhan. Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong – a former top judge who once served under President Xi Jinping – was named to replace embattled provincial boss, Jiang Chaoliang.last_img read more


COVID-19: North Jakarta Police to ‘bend rules’, sell confiscated masks to public

first_imgBudhi said that the masks would, under the oversight of the police, be sold by the two people suspected of stockpiling them. The two have been told to sell the masks at regular prices.“The masks will be sold at Rp 22,000 [US$1.55] for a box of 50 masks,” Budhi said.He said everybody was welcome to buy the masks, but each buyer was limited to a maximum of 10 boxes.Previously, the Jakarta Police also seized 350 boxes of face masks during a raid on the residence of a person suspected of stockpiling in Tanjung Duren, Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, in the wake of panic buying that hit the capital city on Monday following the announcement of the country’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases.Panic buying has prompted a price surge for such items both online and offline in recent days, with a box of face masks now selling for an average of Rp 300,000 (US$21) – a whopping 1,500 percent increase from the original average of Rp 20,000 per box.In response to the phenomenon, the National Police announced that it would bring those known to have hoarded masks and hand sanitizers to justice.“We are carrying out an investigation to sniff out any illegal stockpiling,” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Argo Yuwono said. (gis)Topics : Around 60,000 surgical masks confiscated from hoarders will be sold to the public, the North Jakarta Police said on Thursday. North Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Budhi Herdi Susianto said that the masks would be more useful if they were sold to the public rather than kept as evidence, especially given the public’s fears about the spread of COVID-19.“Doing this means we are bending the rules a little bit here, but it is being done for the good of the people,” Budhi said on Thursday as quoted by read more


Germany ramps up coronavirus tests to 500,000 a week

first_imgGermany has boosted its coronavirus test rate to 500,000 a week, a virologist said Thursday, adding that early detection has been key in keeping the country’s death rate relatively low.”The reason why Germany has so few deaths compared to the number of infected people can be explained by the fact that we carry out an extremely large number of laboratory diagnostic tests,” said Christian Drosten, who heads the Institute of Virology at Berlin’s Charite University Hospital.”Estimates from the last days show that we are carrying out half a million tests a week,” he added. Topics : Drosten also highlighted Germany’s dense network of laboratories spread across its territory as a factor contributing to early detection.Meanwhile the research ministry said it would commit 150 million euros (US$164 million) to improve communication between hospitals and laboratories about coronavirus patients’ health data, hoping the information exchange could feed into development of a vaccine.Official data compiled by the disease control agency Robert Koch Institute show that 36,508 people have been infected in Germany, including 198 who have died from the disease.At 0.54 percent, Germany’s death rate is far lower than the 7.3 percent in Spain where 4,089 deaths were recorded for 56,188 confirmed cases. center_img France has also recorded 1,331 fatalities of 25,233 confirmed infections — a death rate of 5.2 percent.Besides the large-scale testing, experts in Germany also said that the virus has largely affected a younger, healthier section of the population compared to elsewhere.At the same time, experts have repeatedly warned that in the country where almost a quarter of the population is over 60, the number of deaths could still skyrocket if people do not stick to measures to help halt contagion. Lockdown measures are in place across Germany, preventing people from leaving their homes except for essential trips, while most shops, restaurants and bars are closed. last_img read more


Rights group welcomes draft rules that could end China dog meat trade

first_imgDraft rules by Chinese authorities that specify dogs as “companion animals” rather than livestock were hailed by a rights group Thursday as an “encouraging” step towards ending the dog meat trade in the country.China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs published a list of animals that can be traded for meat Wednesday that included pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, but excluded dogs and cats.The new list also specified that livestock refers to animals that have been domesticated and bred by people for a long time in order to provide products such as meat, eggs and fur. Humane Society International said in a statement Thursday that the latest draft document “could signal a critically important shift in China’s desire to see an end to the dog and cat meat trade”.”Coming so soon after Shenzhen’s dog and cat meat ban, it is incredibly encouraging,” said its international media director Wendy Higgins.”This is the first time the national government in China has explicitly explained why dogs… are excluded from the official livestock list, stating that these are companion animals and not for eating,” she added.The animal protection group estimates some 10 million dogs a year are killed for China’s dog meat trade.According to activists, thousands are killed for a festival in the town of Yulin in southern Guangxi province every year, and eaten to mark the late-June summer solstice. China in recent weeks banned the sale of wild animals for food, citing the risk of diseases spreading from animals to humans. The illegal animal trade has been blamed for the emergence of the new coronavirus outbreak that has spread across the globe and killed more than 87,000 people.While trade and consumption made a comeback despite similar measures taken after the 2003 SARS outbreak, there are signs that such moves are being taken more seriously this time.The southern city of Shenzhen passed a law last week banning the consumption of wild animals, including dog and cat meat, a step also welcomed by animal rights activists.center_img Topics :last_img read more


Jokowi moves Papua’s 2020 National Games to next year

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo decided on Thursday to push back the 2020 National Games (PON) in Papua to October next year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The decision followed recommendations from Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali and Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy — both had expressed doubt as to whether Papua would be ready to host the Games initially scheduled for October this year.”One of our considerations is that the construction projects for several venues have been delayed [due to the pandemic]. [Construction] materials from Java could not enter Papua after Papua closed its airports and ports,” Zainudin said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday. In a meeting last week with House of Representatives Commission X, which oversees sports, lawmakers gave a nod to the sports ministry’s initial plan to push back the PON to March next year. But the proposal was met with opposition from the National Sports Committee’s (KONI) regional offices, which projected that their athletes would not be ready for the Games.Read also: Indonesia braces for hectic year in sports after COVID-19Zainudin said October would be the most convenient time to host the PON next year, one of Indonesia’s busiest years for sports as the country is expected to take part in at least seven international multisport events, including the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.Next year, Indonesia is also set to host FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup and the 2021 Indonesian MotoGP in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.Topics : “After considering our reports, the President decided to postpone the National Games,” he said.Read also: COVID-19: Ministry, House agree to postpone 2020 PON in PapuaPapua Governor Lukas Enembe had earlier told Zainudin that Papua was currently focusing on battling the outbreak, making it impossible for the region to prepare for the PON.As of Wednesday afternoon, Papua has reported 123 cases and six deaths.last_img read more