The father of an 11-year-old sixth-grade student at SD Santo Markus I private junior high school in East Jakarta named Putri allegedly assaulted one of his daughter’s classmates, Dwi Novriadi.
Putri’s father is a lieutenant colonel in the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU).
According to Dwi, 11, the incident took place a month ago in front of the school’s gates after several of Dwi’s friends playfully mocked Putri as her brother had the same name as noted dangdut singer Rhoma Irama’s son, Ridho Roma.
“I was in front of the school with four friends. My friends were teasing Putri before her father came to pick her up,” Dwi said as quoted by Warta Kota daily.
Dwi’s friends then fled when they saw Putri’s father arrive, leaving him alone.
Putri then ran to her father, who called to Dwi to approach his car. He complied, only to be hit in the face by Putri’s father, causing his upper lip to bleed.
Dwi said he felt wronged because he maintained that he had not joined his friends in mocking Putri.
“After hitting me, Putri’s father asked me if I had mocked her. I said no, but he told me to be quiet. After they left, I reported the incident to the school principal,” he said.
According to the school’s principal, Damianus Puji, the school arrange a mediation session between Dwi and Putri’s parents, which was held one week after the attack.
During the meeting, Putri’s father attempted to clarify what had happened during his exchange with Dwi and apologized to the boy’s parents, Puji said.
However, Dwi said that he had never received a personal apology from Putri’s father, adding that her father had shouted at him on several occasions since the incident took place.
After hitting an impasse in the mediation, Dwi’s parents then reported the assault to the East Jakarta Police and the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), according to Puji.
East Jakarta Police spokeswoman Adj. Comr. Etty Wiyandari confirmed that the case had been reported to them, adding that the matter was under investigation.
“Dwi’s parents filed the report a week after the incident. We are planning to hand the case over to the military police,” Etty said as quoted by tempo.co.
Meanwhile, KPAI commissioner Susanto confirmed that the commission had also received a report and was currently studying the details.
“If the allegation is true, then the perpetrator has violated the Child Protection Law. We will fight for Dwi’s rights,” Susanto told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
“No one is above the law; that includes state officials and military personnel,” he concluded. The Jakarta Post