Three-way sex abuse case sparks uproar in Indonesia

Female teacher and her boyfriend charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in Bali
Three-way sex abuse case sparks uproar in Indonesia

Police in Bali’s Buleleng district arrest a female teacher and her boyfriend for allegedly abusing a 15-year-old female student. (Photo supplied)

A teacher and her boyfriend on the Indonesian island of Bali face lengthy prison terms after being arrested for allegedly forcing a 15-year-old schoolgirl into having three-way sex with them.

Ni Made Sri Novi Darmaningsih, 29, a vocational high school teacher, and Putu Wartayasa, 36, a district government official, were arrested last week following a complaint from the girl’s parents, a Buleleng district police spokesman said.

The girl’s school friends found out what happened and told the parents, spokesman Gede Sumarjaya said.

"The teacher initially invited the girl to buy clothes. But then she took her to a rented house to meet her boyfriend,” he told ucanews.

“They then had sex in front of the girl and forced her to join them,” he said, adding that the teacher was divorced from her husband, while her boyfriend was a married man.

He said a medical examination later showed the girl suffered injuries to her genitals.

Both the teacher and her boyfriend face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

Ni Luh Gede Yastini from the Bali Child Supervision and Protection Commission said the experience and resulting publicity had traumatized the victim.

“We are focusing on providing her with psychological assistance,” she said. "We will also be pressing for the maximum sentence to be imposed on the perpetrators.” 

Retno Listyarti from the Indonesian Child Protection Commission said this was a rare case because it involved a female teacher.

"Perpetrators of such crimes are generally male teachers," she told ucanews. "This case underlines the need for schools to maximize preventive efforts, including running checks on their teachers." 

Since January, the commission has received reports of 19 sexual abuse cases at schools involving 92 victims.

These include a recent case in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara province, where a teacher allegedly abused a now 8-year-old child for two years.

According to Listyarti, the predators mostly begin the abuse by inviting victims to watch pornography, giving them money, threatening them with bad grades or by dating or seducing them.

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