The Jakarta Globe, January 21, 2013
Banda Aceh. A 19-year-old woman was allegedly forced to take methamphetamine and then have sex with a police officer while two other cops watched in a case local police refuse to call rape.
The Simeulue Police, which investigated the allegation itself, reportedly discovered that the three officers did consume meth — they all tested positive for the drug — before one of them had sex with the woman. But they stopped short of calling the incident rape, explaining that officers paid the woman afterward and that she “enjoyed it,” according to reports in the local Serambi Indonesia newspaper.
“The three officers admitted to violating this girl and paying her Rp 200,000 for the enjoyment,” Simeulue Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Parluatan Siregar told the Serambi Indonesia newspaper.
“So it wasn’t a rape,” he continued. “If she claims she was really raped by the officers, why didn’t she get a medical checkup done when she was in the hospital?”
Parluatan, who did not answer repeated calls by the Jakarta Globe for confirmation, told Serambi Indonesia that the woman had previously agreed to have sex with the officers. The three cops were arrested for drug use, he said.
“All three tested positive for using meth,” he said. “They all agreed to use meth before [having sex] so that they would enjoy it more. That’s what they claimed.”
The woman’s uncle painted a different picture during an interview with the Jakarta Globe. The woman met with one of the officers at his kost Thursday morning, Marhadin said. When she arrived two other officers reportedly forced her into the room. They allegedly made her consume meth before one of the cops raped her.
“She was then raped by one of them while the others watched,” Marhadin said.
When the officer finished, he allegedly refused to let her leave the room until later that night. The 19-year-old was still high when they finally let her leave, Marhadin said.
She sought treatment at a local hospital.
Marhadin urged police to arrest and charge the three officers with raping his niece.
“We demand that the perpetrators be brought to justice for their heinous crime,” Marhadin said. “We hope that they are punished to the fullest extent of the law to serve as an example to others and so that acts like these no longer occur.”
The Aceh Police denied hearing of the case.
Spokesman Sr. Comr. Gustav Leo told the Jakarta Globe that any officer charged with a drug offense would be punished. He declined to address the rape allegations.
“The commitment of the Aceh Police chief [Insp. Gen. Herman Effendi] is clear in cases where police officers are found to have broken the law,” he said. “What’s more, this is a drug allegation, so obviously they will be punished accordingly.”