Though the internet has always been rife with uncivilized behavior, crass comments made about the tragic sinking of the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine have led to the arrest of at least two Indonesians recently, as the country mourns the loss of the vessel’s 53 crew members.
A North Sumatra man identified as IK was reportedly taken to the district military command (Koramil) for a lewd comment he wrote under a Facebook post on the submarine.
“The moment your submarine sunk, that’s when I will have sex with your wife,” IK wrote, screenshots of which have since circulated widely online to the outrage of netizens across the country.
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IK later claimed that his account had been hacked, though he also wrote an apology on Facebook where he promised not to reoffend. In a photo uploaded alongside the apology, a man, believed to be IK, can be seen crying as he is seated on a chair, while a man dressed in military uniform stood next to him. It does not appear that IK is facing criminal charges.
Meanwhile, a police officer from Sleman, Yogyakarta, identified by his initials FI, was also arrested after an outrageously inappropriate comment on Facebook.
“Die you, fucker. I have lived a difficult life in Indonesia until now… why are you crying over crew members of this ship… just take care of your own stuff,” FI wrote under a post on KRI Nanggala-402.
Chief of the Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim), Agus Andrianto, confirmed that FI is a police officer, and has been named a suspect in an ongoing investigation. In addition, FI is also set to undergo an ethics trial.