Not Rape, Police Call Case in East Luwu Alleged Obscenity

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The National Police Headquarters stated that the case that occurred in East Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi was an alleged molestation. Head of the Public Information Bureau of the Public Relations Division of the National Police Headquarters Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono said that what happened to the three children under the age of 10 was not rape.

“So it’s not a crime of rape, as is viral on social media and has also become a conversation in the public. This is what we need to know together,” Rusdi said through an online press conference on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Rusdi explained the allegation that what happened to the three victims was sexual abuse that was obtained after they underwent a post-mortem at the Malili Health Center. The results of the visa were received on October 15, 2019.

The Bareskrim Police Assistance Team then interviewed a doctor named Nurul on October 11, 2021. Based on Nurul’s statement, there were no abnormalities in the victim’s genital and rectal organs.

After Nurul was released, the team rushed to see a doctor at Vale Sorowako Hospital. “And information was found that there was inflammation around the vagina and rectum,” said Rusdi. For information, the hospital is the choice of the victim’s mother.

By the doctor, the three victims were given antibiotics and paracetamol to reduce pain. Then, to further ascertain what happened to the victim’s genital organs, the doctor advised the victim’s mother to check with a gynecologist.

However, suddenly the scheduled examination was canceled by the victim’s mother. “The reason is that his son is afraid of trauma,” said Rusdi.

The case of rape in East Luwu Regency came under the spotlight after a team from Project Multatuli published news about the incident. The alleged rape victims were three children under the age of 10. The perpetrators are suspected to be the ex-husband of the victim’s mother who worked as a state civil servant.

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The victim’s mother made a report to the East Luwu Police in October 2019. Investigators at the East Luwu Police also conducted a series of investigations based on the report. However, along the way, the East Luwu Police stopped investigating the rape case because it was said to be lacking evidence.

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