Saturday, 19 January 2019

Violence Against Women is Widespread: Komnas Perempuan

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) discovered that cases of violence against women continue to increase. The Commission recorded a rising percentage of violence cases by almost 10 percent between 2014 and 2015.

    The Commission's findings stated that the number of violence cases against women throughout last year reached up to 321,752 cases, or 9.73 percent higher compared to 293,220 cases recorded in 2014. The data presented by the agency were real cases handled by women protection services established either by the state, law enforcers or local communities.

    "Based on the 321,752 cases, the most cases are occurred at 'personal level', same as in previous year," said Komnas Perempuan chief Azrina on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

    Azrina explained that 'personal level' means that the perpetrator has family relation with the victim. Komnas Perempuan said that violence at the personal level is dominated by violence against wife, love partner, and little girls.

    In addition to personal cases, Azriana asserted that violence against women also occurred at community and state levels. Community level acts of violence against women include cases of rape, molestation, sexual abuse and attempts of rape.

    Meanwhile, for at state level acts of violence, Komnas Perempuan has recorded cases of violence against women among state apparatus, cases involving marriage certificate forgery, and human trafficking. Azriana asserted that acts of violence cases are hard to identify because most victims are reluctant to file reports.

    "Violence against women is widespread. [We] urge the state to stop violence against women at domestic, community and state levels," Azriana said.