JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Supreme Court has jailed a woman who tried to report her employer for alleged sexual harassment, in a ruling that rights groups said on Friday risked turning victims of sexual abuse into criminals.
The Supreme Court on Thursday found Baiq Nuril Maknun, who was a teacher on the island of Lombok, guilty of violating strict anti-pornography laws. It overturned her acquittal by a lower court and jailed her for six months.
She was also ordered to pay a 500 million rupiah (US$35,383) fine. The Supreme Court’s decision cannot be appealed.
Maknun had complained of getting lewd phone calls from the principal of a high school where she worked from 2012, court documents showed.
She recorded some of the phone calls without the knowledge of the headmaster and gave a recording to a third person, and distributed it on an electronic device, which resulted in the principal losing his job, the documents showed.