Shortly after the the controversially short 8-month sentence given to members of a Bali gang found responsible for the deadly beating of a 19-year old student, the Denpasar District Court is under scrutiny again.
This time, the case revolves around a university lecturer accused of luring a student into sex, recording and photographing the deed, and then threatening to spread the explicit content around campus if she refused to sleep with him again.
The somewhat unorthodox decision to place Swastika under house arrest rather than detaining him until sentencing was reportedly due to an agreement between the accused and his alleged victim, a female student whose identity remains concealed.
“The decision was based on the understanding that peace had been made between the victim and that she had revoked her report,” explained Arief Wirawan, the head of General Crime at the district attorney’s office, yesterday.
According to a separate report by Jawa Pos, Swastika, a resident of Blahbatuh, Gianyar, was known to be a gregarious type who often mingled with his students, including his victim, whom he had known since 2015.
The ugly sequence of events allegedly started with the defendant inviting the victim for a walk around Gianyar. Halfway through, he managed to lure her to his home on the pretense that he needed to change clothes. He then attempted to seduce the girl into sex, but she refused.
The second time she refused, which reportedly happened some time in 2017, he threatened to ruin her reputation by spreading nasty rumors about her around the campus. In a panic, the victim finally consented, but her abuser took things a step further, recording the the act and snapping photos of her naked body.
At the end of 2018, he demanded sex again, and, when she refused, he threatened to spread the pornographic footage around campus. By this point, the victim had had enough and took a screenshot of the threats as evidence when she reported him to police.
For his actions, Swastika faces a 12-year prison sentence and a fine of IDR6 billion (US$ 426,827).