Indonesian court sentences teacher to death for raping 13 students
The case of Herry Wirawan, who initially received a life sentence, has shined a spotlight on sexual violence in the country’s religious boarding schools.
A spokesperson for the local prosecutor’s office also said it would wait to receive the final ruling before commenting.
From 2016 to 2021, Herry sexually groomed the 13 girls, who were between 12 and 16 years old, and impregnated eight of his victims, a judge said in February.
Indonesian officials, including the country’s child protection minister, had also backed calls for the death penalty, though the nation’s human rights commission, which opposes the death penalty, said it was not appropriate.
Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim majority country, has tens of thousands of Islamic boarding schools and other religious schools that often provide the only way for the children of poorer families to get an education