Women's Day; Disabled Women Talks of RUU PKS at House Council



Mahinda Arkiyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Movement of Disabled Women urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to ratify the draft bill on the elimination of sexual violence (RUU PKS) during a visit to the DPR's Commission VII in commemoration of International Women's Day today.

    According to the head of the Indonesian Association of Women with Disability (HWDI) Maulani Rotinsulu, the visit aimed at informing that disabled people were also susceptible to sexual violence acts, in addition to women and children. Maulani claimed to have heard from the House that women, disabled people, and children were the three main target of the bill.

    "So if [the House] say that, they have to consider how to interact with disables, and how law enforcers interact with victims with a disability, especially children and women," said Maulani on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Parliament Complex, Senayan.

    Maulani said that she had not yet seen the preparation of law enforcers in serving people with disability, despite the issue had been noted in the draft bill. Disabled people, she explained, required details in technical matters, such as the accessibility, accommodation, public service, and interaction.

    Meanwhile, the head of the Mental Health Association Yeni Rosa Damayanti, added that she supported the acceleration of the draft bill ratification considering the Criminal Code (KUHP) could not yet facilitate people with disability.

    According to Yeni, disabled people, particularly those with intellectual disability, faced difficulties in performing as a witness in a sexual case due to being in an inferior state than a perpetrator. "We need RUU PKS because this policy will control things that are not managed in Criminal Code and will ease disabled people," Yeni concluded.