Rape remarks by Indonesian judge cause uproar

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JAKARTA—A senior Indonesian judge who joked that rapists should evade capital punishment because victims enjoyed the act triggered outrage and calls for his dismissal Wednesday.

Daming Sunusi — a High Court judge running for a Supreme Court position — made the remarks during a fit-and-proper test, when parliament asked whether the country should introduce the death penalty for rapists.

“The one raped and the rapist both enjoy it, so (we would) need to think about the death sentence,” Kompas daily quoted him as saying.

Sunusi apologized for making the statement, saying he was trying to lighten the mood of the tense interview.

“I’ve said something that no man should ever say, especially a Supreme Court candidate,” he said on national TV.

His comments have caused uproar among lawmakers and rights groups, who have called for Sunusi to be sacked.

“The comments were inelegant, inappropriate and unbecoming of a judge and a Supreme Court hopeful,” lawmaker Sarifuddin Suding told Agence France-Presse.

Commission for Child Protection chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait said Sunusi’s comments were “insolent” and reflected the view from various segments of society that sexual violence is a norm.

“It is disturbing that a judge, whose role is to protect the legal rights of women and children, could say something so audacious and consider it as a joke. He should be sacked,” Sirait said.

Online petitions to parliament to reject his nomination for the Supreme Court have been circulating, one attracting 4,000 signatures overnight.

The Judicial Commission, which monitors judges’ conduct and professionalism, said it has questioned Sunusi and would decide on sanctions later this month, ranging from a warning to his dismissal.

The National Commission on Violence Against Women recorded 4,845 rape cases between 1998 and 2010, but rights activist Andy Yentriyani said many perpetrators got light sentences or escaped punishment.

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  • zdrx

    it’s no different from what a philippine politician said some 20 years ago. he said…”if rape is imminent, the victim should just relax and enjoy”. his political career suffered terribly as a result. i won’t mention his name because he had suffered enough…and he’s already dead since long ago. R.I.P.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RTQRGKHFGLKSSJAK5J5PLOXAQQ Halo

      Oh yah former senator, former foreign affairs sec, former musician raul manglapus. Pathetic

  • Jane Tan

    Maybe someone should rape this person, just to see if the victim does enjoy it.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    He should be rape by an ADS infected to have a deeper pleasure !

  • droccu

    Dumb A@#$%*s…

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Daming Sunusi, you should go, (get out!) Whatever is coming out in your mouth is what is inside your dirty mind.

  • TEAM PNOY

    Sa Pinas, ito din ang mga line of jokes ni Justice Peralta noon nakaupo cya as chair ng JBC sa pagpili ng mga candidates para chief justice ng supreme court. Kala nila, biro biro yong job nila.

    • louie

      i never heard AJ Peralta say an offensive joke during the CJ interview.

      • TEAM PNOY

        Really? Live on TV yon ah.

      • louie

        yes it is. maybe i wasn’t able to catch that part. may i know the offensive joke he uttered?

      • TEAM PNOY

        Well, that is the problem if the justice keeps on cracking jokes while in session and live on TV, there is a danger of saying things that he cannot take back. I will not repeat what he said, but his comment was uttered very similar to what this indo judge mentioned, it was a follow up question or an injected joke to a hypothetical question posed to a candidate.

      • louie

        ok. it’s just sad that you say something he did yet you can’t even repeat what he said or tell what’s offensive about it. And if it’s really offensive like the indonesian judge’s comment, why did the press didn’t make a news of it?

      • TEAM PNOY

        You want me to repeat the exact words he said that is offensive to women? No way! Are you lawyering for him. You can review the tapes if you want to. The media maybe took it as a joke. People were to focused on the selection of the CJ at that time. Tell him to repeat the joke once again in public and let us see how it will go.

      • louie

        i dont expect you to tell it word-for-word but you can say the essence of his joke. the funny things is i didnt know you’ll take it literally. (fyi, he doesnt need someone like me to defend him, he’s a lawyer himself). Also, i don’t need to review anything. it’s you who needs reviewing. do you really remember the joke? the next time you tell an accusation the least you can do is back it up with facts, details. you should remember that you accused him of saying a joke comparable with the “rapist joke” of the indonesian judge. this is where i’m coming from.

      • TEAM PNOY

        You said that you do not expect me to tell it word for word, just the essence would be enough. I cannot be more clearer about the essence, I said the things he uttered is very similar to the one the indo judge uttered. You read it in the news column above. I will not repeat it myself because it is offensive to the rape victim, especially women.

        The facts and the circumstances are in the transcript of JBC if you want to check it.

        That is the problem when a justice is keeping on cracking jokes. He no longer remembers whether it is offensive or not.

        Aw common, you are obviously lawyering for him. If you know him very well, you will know what I am talking about – i.e. his offensive jokes.

      • louie

        similar? without the media noticing? really? haha. for the second time, i’m not defending him. it just irritates me to see people accusing other without even giving facts or paraphrasing his joke. Since you’re the only one who heard it, it’s a disadvantage for you but don’t you think it’s your duty to alert the people of his conduct by showing some proof? it’s not already about me questioning you but letting yourself reveal what should be revealed. tsk.

      • TEAM PNOY

        tsk tsk tsk.

        In due time. This is going to hunt him later. For the third time, you will be defending him. Troll.

      • louie

        Your attitude as a commenter is pathetic. With the lengthy discussion we had, you’re still clueless of wht im trying to say. Nxt time when you accuse anyone, just remember not to be lazy to provide facts. You have a lot of growing up to do little girl.

      • TEAM PNOY

        Weh talaga? It is you who need to grow up. Keep a blind eye on women’s right hah! I have provided you with all the facts and the circumstances. What else do you need? You are the one pathetic, Ogag!

      • louie

        It’s ridiculous that you’re telling me i’m a troll while you made an effort to see my previous comments… look who’s talking. :]

      • TEAM PNOY

        Not only that. Smile while you can……. hihihi…. troll……. anti-enrile, anti binay, anti-lacson huh, but pro admin.

      • louie

        Thank you for giving time on my comments. It’s well appreciated. ;>

      • TEAM PNOY

        d pa tayo tapos. Male Chauvinist.

      • louie

        cursing, name calling… what else do you have for me?

      • TEAM PNOY

        tsk tsk tsk

  • Yobhtron

    Gunggong naman ng Judge na yan.  Iparape yan sa mga bading.

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