Moral vigilantes getting karmic retribution has thankfully become somewhat of a trend in Indonesia lately, the latest incident seeing three young men being sent to jail for sticking their noses where they don't belong.
On Sunday, a 35-year-old man, identified by his initials MY, went to see his girlfriend, identified by her initial R, at her home in Curug, Tangerang Regency. On his way there, MY was followed by six men who peeped inside R's home.
"The culprits saw the victim and R in the bedroom, getting intimate," AKP Alexander Yurikho, head of the Crime Investigation Unit at the South Tangerang Police, told Detik today.
The six culprits then broke into the house and beat up MY. "They went into the room and pulled MY away and beat him with their bare hands," Alexander said.
After the vigilantes left MY and R, he reported the incident to the police. Three of the six culprits, aged 17-24, have been arrested so far. MY, who sustained numerous injuries to his head and body, is still being treated at the Tangerang General Hospital as of today.
There have been far worse acts of moral vigilantism in Indonesia, with many of the culprits going unpunished. However, last year, also in Tangerang, a neighborhood chief and several other perpetrators were sentenced to five years in prison for stripping a young unwed couple and parading them in public in order to shame them for getting intimate at home – an accusation that was later proved to be wrong.
Another moral vigilante to fall afoul of the law recently was a man who filmed a video of a couple making out in a cafe. He was arrested and could face up to five years in prison for violating Indonesia's strict anti-pornography law after he uploaded the video to social media.