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Cases of violence against women on the rise: official

Antara News - December 29, 2021

Anita P D, Mecca Yumna, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has recorded a significant increase in the number of cases of violence against women registered this year.

In a press release received here on Tuesday, chairperson of the commission Andy Yentriyani said the analysis was based on the number of cases reported directly to the committee in the January-June 2021 period. As many as 1,967 cases were recorded during the period, an increase of 57 percent compared to the same period in the previous year, she noted.

Based on data provided by Simponi PPA (Online Information System for the Protection of Women and Children), the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry recorded as many as 9,057 victims from 8,714 cases, Yentriyani said.

Meanwhile, the service provider forum through the case documentation system called Titian Perempuan (Women's Bridge) collected data from 32 community organizations who track victims of violence in 15 provinces, received 806 reports of violence against women.

Data compiled from the three sources reveals that the issue of sexual violence needs serious attention, especially in the midst of limited service capacity for (addressing) the victims' urgent needs, Yentriyani stressed.

Therefore, the Sexual Violence Prevention Bill (RUU TPKS) must be ratified immediately in response to these data, she added.

"A joint movement to oversee the ratification of the Sexual Violence Bill is urgently needed," she said.

Proposed in 2016, the bill is yet to be ratified. The bill did not make it to the recent House of Representatives meeting due to a technical issue despite many stakeholders' pledging to immediately consider the law.

Source: https://en.antaranews.com/news/206749/cases-of-violence-against-women-on-the-rise-officia