President Jokowi Urges Police Chief to Investigate Pontianak’s Bullying Case

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 10 April 2019
Category: News
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President Jokowi answers reporters’ questions at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Wednesday (10/4). (Photo: Jay/PR).

President Jokowi answers reporters’ questions at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Wednesday (10/4). (Photo: Jay/PR).

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged the Indonesian Police Chief to conduct a thorough investigation according to the law on Pontianak’s bullying case.

A 14-year-old girl in Pontianak, West Kalimantan Province, is currently receiving intensive treatment at a local hospital after being attacked by 12 high school students. This case has triggered an international outcry on social media, demanding justice for the victim through an online petition.

“We are all deeply saddened by the incident,” President Jokowi said to reporters at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Wednesday (10/4).
According to the President, the incident has shown that the social interaction between people has changed a lot since the rising popularity of social media.

“Please be careful with this changing era and keep watching over our children’s (behavior),” the President said. Parents, teachers, as well as the community must join hands to respond to the new challenges, he added.

President Jokowi also underlined the importance of cultural, ethical, religious norms and values as guidance in taking every action. (FID/EN)

Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Mia Medyana

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