House Legislation Committee Discusses More Sexual Violence Bill Issues
Vice Chairperson of House Legislation Committee, Willy Aditya, leads a Sexual Violence Bill Working Committee Meeting at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Saturday (2/4/2022). Photo: Geraldi/Man
The Legislation Committee of the Indonesian House of Representatives held another Working Committee Meeting to deliberate on more List of Inventory Problems (DIM) of the Sexual Violence Bill. As many as 30 problems were discussed at the meeting, for which the entire deliberation stages are projected to be completed by 5 April 2022. The current meeting discusses types of sexual violence, victim trust fund, as well as preventive, coordination, and monitoring measures.
“New materials on online-based sexual violence, forced marriage, and sexual exploitation must be included. We have to accommodate various public concerns in this regard, which have been duly noted," said the Vice Chairperson of the House Legislation Committee, Willy Aditya, when chairing a Working Committee Meeting on the Sexual Violence Bill at the Legislation Committee Meeting Hall, Parliament Complex, Saturday (2/4/2022).
Aditya added that the Working Committee Meeting also discussed the dedicated aid fund for victims of sexual violence, known as the victim trust fund. The trust fund is added to the bill to be managed in the form of restitution or compensation fund. Discussion on prevention, coordination, and monitoring measures were also part of the current deliberation agenda.
Furthermore, the meeting also touched on the issue of rehabilitation for victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. “Victims of sexual violence, and even perpetrators, should be rehabilitated in ways that we will discuss later at the final Working Committee Meeting, in which we will specifically discuss rehabilitation. Some perpetrators are also victims of past sexual violence themselves. This is what we have taken into consideration," Aditya argued.
In the meeting, the National Democrat (NasDem) Party politician also responded to the circulating rumor over the absence of rape and abortion in the Sexual Violence Bill. The reason rape and abortion are omitted in the bill is because rape is already provided in the Criminal Code, while abortion is stipulated in Law No. 36 of 2009 on Health.
"You can't have two overlapping legal instruments, so we refer to prevailing laws. And from the government's side, which in this case is represented by Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights responsible for Criminal Code Bill, we have established that rape is not included because it is provided in the Criminal Code Bill, while abortion is stipulated in the Health Law," asserted the East Java XI electoral district legislator. (gal/sf/agl)