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Debate on Indonesia Sex Abuse Bill to Resume After Six Years

  • President Jokowi calls for maximum protection for victims
  • Progress comes after growing public anger over lack of action
Joko Widodo
Joko WidodoPhotographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg
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Indonesia’s parliament will resume deliberation of a bill against sexual harassment on Tuesday, as President Joko Widodo pushes to conclude a legislative process that’s languished for six years amid strong opposition from religious groups.

Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, last week publicly urged his ministers to speed up negotiations with parliament over the draft law. The bill as it stands now would allow immediate action be taken over reported cases of sexual harassment based on a single piece of evidence, down from the current requirement of three. It is aimed at giving priority to protecting victims and includes clauses on guidance for their healing process.