TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Karawang Resort Police have arrested three women for allegedly spreading hate speech against presidential and vice presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo or Jokowi - Ma'ruf Amin. The three were nabbed on late Sunday, February 24, at 23:30 local times.
The three women were taken to West Java Police for further examination. “Three women are secured by Karawang Resort Police and West Java Police,” Karawang Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Nuredy Irwansyah confirmed via a short message today, February 25.
The women are Engqay Sugiyanti, Ika Peranika, and Citra Widaningsih. A video displaying them inviting people to not voting for Jokowi - Ma’ruf went viral on social media which was posted on a Twitter account @citrawida5.
In the video, a woman speaking in Sundanese language ran a door-to-door campaign, convincing people that Jokowi would forbid azan (Islamic call to prayer) and allow same-sex marriage.
However, Nuredy stopped short to further explain the current status of the women, adding that investigation on the matter was under the authority of West Java Police.
A spokesperson for Jokowi - Ma'ruf campaign team, Dedek Prayudi on Sunday, stated that the video was serious defamation using religious sentiment to attack the incumbent candidate.