Banda Aceh – The Network for Civil Society Concerned with Sharia (JMSPS) has called on the Langsa City administration to help heal the mental state of a woman who was recently gang raped at her house in Langsa, Aceh, instead of focusing on bringing her to justice for adultery.
"We ask the administration to provide psychological treatment for the victim before deciding to punish her for allegedly committing khalwat [adultery]," said Fatimahsyam, a JMSPS representative, on Thursday. She said the recent case only added to a series of violent cases committed by Langsa residents.
"We call on the Langsa city administration and the police to handle this case fairly so the woman has her right to legal protection and psychological treatment as stipulated on the 2006 Aceh Administration Law and Qanun No. 6/2009 on women protection," she added.
The woman was raped when she was with a married man. Nine villagers, who were suspicious of their movements, tied up the woman's companion and then raped her.
The woman is now at risk of being caned by Aceh's sharia police as regulated by the Qanun Acara Jinayat, a sharia-based criminal code that stipulates rules and punishments governing behavior according to Islamic law. However, there is no qanun that carries a punishment for rape.
The Langsa City Police have named eight suspects in the case after they released a 13 – year – old due to a lack of evidence. "We are still hunting them down. We have called on the suspects' families to encourage them to give themselves up," said Langsa City Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Hariadi.