A 67-year-old man from the East Kalimantan city of Samarinda has been accused of raping his teenage daughters, aged 19 and 16, for seven years. Even more disturbingly, the girl's mother has been accused of not only knowing about the sexual assaults but facilitating them.
According to the police, the suspect, identified as Paijo, had been raping his daughters since 2012. Their mother, whose identity has not been disclosed, allegedly gave her daughters birth control pills to prevent them from getting pregnant as she was worried that no one would provide for her and her children if Paijo were imprisoned.
"This disgusting act by the father who violated his own underage daughters happened in Samarinda, and it was horrific," Adji Suwignyo, head of East Kalimantan's Regional Child Protection Commission, said as quoted by Tribun.
Adji said the alleged victims finally had enough and recently told their neighbor. "They weren't able to stand it anymore. So they told their neighbor who brought them to the police for a medical examination and now the case is being processed," he said.
Paijo was arrested by the local police recently and they say he confessed to repeatedly raping his daughters. The police say he often tied up the victims and shoved cloth into their mouths before sexually assaulting them.
The victims are now reportedly under police protection in a safe house while the investigation into the case continues. The charges against Paijo have not yet been announced by the police and it's not yet known if authorities will charge his wife as well.
Child sexual abuse is punishable by up to 15 years in Indonesia, with one-third of the term added to the sentence if the perpetrator is a relative.
Incestuous sexual abuse is a rarely talked about but is a widespread problem in Indonesia. In their 2018 report, the Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) noted that out of 348,000 cases of violence against women in 2017, 1,210 were incestuous rape cases with the perpetrators mainly being the victims' fathers, uncles, and brothers.