Jakarta – Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has revealed that she was the one who reported Zikria Dzatil, a homemaker who was arrested for calling Risma a "female frog" in a Facebook post.
"I'm the one who reported her, personally. I signed the report myself," she said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Risma said she had received a lot of pressure from members of the public who wanted her to report the account's owner to the police.
She said she reported the post because she could not accept her parents being "degraded". "If I am a frog, that means my mother is a frog," she said.
The Surabaya Police arrested Zikria at her home on Jan. 31 and charged her with defamation for allegedly posting derogatory remarks about Risma on her Facebook account, which has since been deactivated. She had posted a photo of Risma sitting at a riverside with the caption "kodok betina [female frog]".
Zikria has expressed her remorse and has apologized for offending Risma. However, she and her children have had to endure cyberbullying as a result of the Facebook post.
Risma said that she had accepted Zikria's apology. "I have already forgiven her. She's a human, and so am I. If she apologizes to me, then I should forgive her," Risma said, adding, however, that she would leave the legal process up to the Surabaya police. (dpk)