In Indonesia, a teenage rape survivor has been sentenced to six months in jail for having an abortion. The 15-year-old girl was raped by her 18-year-old brother and became pregnant.

What happened?

Singgih Hermawan, deputy chief of the local police said that both the girl and the accused were presented in court.  They were convicted by the District Court of Muara Bulian in Batanghari district in Jambi province on Thursday, reported Indian Express.

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Hermawan added that while the girl received a six month period in jail for getting aborted, the boy has been sentenced to two years in prison for having sex with a minor.

According to Indonesian laws, abortion is illegal in the country. Although it is allowed in some cases of rape, especially when the woman’s life at risk. But the clause is that abortion must be performed by professionals within one-and-a-half months of being pregnant.

Any abortion beyond the specified time period is deemed illegal.

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In this case, the girl got her abortion when she was six months pregnant, a court official revealed. The girl’s mother is also facing charges for allegedly helping her child and aiding with the abortion.

The mother said that she had to take the step because the neighbours were shaming her daughter and her. Further, the court proceedings revealed that the girl had been raped for about eight times since September last year.

The residents found a headless foetus near a palm oil plantation and informed the police in May. Arrests were made in June and the case was lodged.

The court also ruled that both the girl and her brother will have to go through rehabilitation at the Institute for Special Education of Children.

The prosecutors had demanded for a one-year prison sentence for the girl and seven years for her brother. But it is unclear if they would appeal the sentences.

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Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv
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