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Indonesia’s parliament passes landmark bill aimed at tackling sexual violence

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  • Indonesia’s parliament passed a landmark bill on Tuesday in an effort to fight sexual violence and seek justice for victims of sexual abuse.
  • A majority of lawmakers supported the passing of the bill at a plenary session after it was expedited in January by President Joko Widodo.
  • Despite an increasing amount of sexual violence complaints in Indonesia, these crimes are often complicated to prosecute for several reasons, including victims being shamed during questioning.
  • The bill enacts a punishment of up to 12 years in prison for physical sexual abuse regardless of marriage status and 15 years for sexual exploitation.

Lawmakers in Indonesia passed a long-awaited bill on Tuesday in an effort to better seek justice for sexual violence victims.

The landmark bill was first proposed and submitted in 2016 by the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and civil society groups. Earlier this year in January, President Joko Widodo had asked that the process be expedited to secure more convictions for sexual abuse victims.

Pizza Hut Indonesia releases dim sum pizza – no, it’s not an April Fools’ joke

dim sum pizza
  • Pizza Hut Indonesia released a dim sum pizza topped with chicken, mozzarella, onions, mushrooms, red peppers and tartar sauce last month.
  • The highlight of this new pizza is its crust, which consists of dumplings filled with shrimp and fish.
  • The dim sum pizza is only available in Indonesia and costs 123,000 Indonesian rupiah (approximately $8.56).

Pizza Hut Indonesia is selling an exclusive dim sum pizza that features a crust made of dumplings.

The new pizza, which was released on March 14 and sells for 123,000 Indonesian rupiah (approximately $8.56), comes with a tartar sauce base and is topped with chicken, mozzarella, onions, mushrooms and red peppers.

Indonesian groom gives liter of cooking oil to bride as dowry for their wedding

indonesian man gives cooking oil dowry
  • An Indonesian man gifted cooking oil to his new wife as her wedding dowry.
  • Muslim dowries traditionally include a prayer rug, gold jewelry and a Quran.
  • In Indonesia, where there is a severe shortage of palm-based cooking oil, the gift is considered to be of high value.
  • In addition to the oil, the groom gave his bride a cash dowry of 1 million Indonesian rupiahs (approximately $64.46).

An Indonesian man gave cooking oil to his new bride as her wedding dowry last week.

Supadi, a 60-year-old groom from East Java, gave his wife-to-be, 54-year-old Sumariati, a liter of cooking oil for her dowry during their wedding ceremony on Feb. 22, reported Mashable

Indonesia accepts dozens of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea after initially rejecting them

Indonesia Rohingya

Indonesia will accept a boat of Rohingya refugees – mostly women and children – after initially sending them to Malaysian waters and giving them supplies, according to local authorities. 

Change of heart: Indonesia’s security ministry said ​​the Southeast Asian country will allow nearly 120 people, including 60 women and 51 children, to take refuge after the situation gained domestic and international attention.

Ground-level witness videos of Mount Semeru eruption show devastation of Indonesian villages

Mount Semeru’s volcanic eruption

Dozens have either gone missing, become injured or died after Mount Semeru’s volcanic eruption over the weekend devastated the Indonesian island of Java.

Unexpected videos: Indonesians living near the volcano in Lumajang Regency recorded the disastrous event and uploaded footage of plumes of rising smoke, ash that looks like snow and streams of flowing hot mud to TikTok, reported Vice.

President Widodo calls for Indonesians to rid themselves of ‘inlander, colonized mentality’

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has spoken out against the “inlander mentality” of inferiority that some Indonesians still possess.

Colonial mentality: Speaking at the 10th year celebration of the ruling National Democratic (NasDem) party, Widodo urged Indonesians to let go of culturally reinforced inferiority complex, especially when interacting with foreigners, reported Coconuts.

Think you have a difficult name? Indonesian boy’s name is made up of 19 words

19 names for kid

A couple from East Java, Indonesia, was unable to obtain the birth certificate of their 3-year-old son after authorities said they could not print his name on the document because it was too long.

What’s in a name: The child’s name, which contains 19 words, or 115 letters, is significant to the history of the Islamic civilization, his father, Arif Akbar, explained, according to World of Buzz.

TikToker makes a meal out of her husband’s lucky Asian arowana pet fish to teach him a lesson

Asian arowana fried

In a recent viral TikTok, an Indonesian woman can be seen cooking her husband’s expensive pet fish to protest against his laziness.

A wife’s frustration: In the video posted on Oct. 8, TikTok user Mia Kurniawan (@miakurniawan01) is seen scaling and seasoning the arowana fish, which can go for as much as $300,000, before deep-frying it to teach her husband a lesson. 

Indonesian man ‘marries’ his rice cooker, divorces it days later

rice cooker becomes a wife

An Indonesian man has the online community abuzz after posting alleged wedding photos of him and his new “wife,” a Phillips-branded rice cooker. 

Some grainy photos: Khoirul Anam documented his now-viral wedding ceremony on Sept. 20 in images posted to his Facebook page, where he can be seen wearing a traditional Indonesian groom attire while posing with his rice cooker, garbed in a white bridal veil. 

Indonesian women who underwent ‘virginity testing’ in the army and police since 1965 speak out

Indonesian women soldiers

Indonesian women applicants who underwent the mandatory ‘virginity testing’ for the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police over the years are now speaking out about their experience. 

Invasive tests: The practice, which involved inserting two fingers into the vagina, was described as “painful,” “uncomfortable” and “degrading” by the women who were subjected to it, reported Jakarta Post. 

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