Court acquits Indonesian woman charged with psychological abuse for scolding drunk ex-husband

Valencya, or Nengsy Lim, was facing 1-year imprisonment after she had allegedly scolded her ex-husband, who was often drunk. The panel of judges at the Karawang District Court said there was no evidence that she had committed psychological violence against her ex-husband, a Taiwanese national who became a naturalized Indonesian citizen. Photo: Istimewa
Valencya, or Nengsy Lim, was facing 1-year imprisonment after she had allegedly scolded her ex-husband, who was often drunk. The panel of judges at the Karawang District Court said there was no evidence that she had committed psychological violence against her ex-husband, a Taiwanese national who became a naturalized Indonesian citizen. Photo: Istimewa

A woman in Karawang, West Java who was initially charged with alleged psychological violence because she scolded her ex-husband when he was drunk, has been acquitted in court in a case that has captured nationwide attention.

Valencya, or Nengsy Lim, was facing 1-year imprisonment after she had allegedly scolded her ex-husband, who was often drunk. The panel of judges at the Karawang District Court said there was no evidence that she had committed psychological violence against her ex-husband, a Taiwanese national who became a naturalized Indonesian citizen.

The verdict read out by head judge Muhammad Ismail acquitted Valencya of the chargest against her, with the court also ordering the restoration of the defendant’s dignity.

The lawsuit against Valencya went viral just last month, prompting netizens to rally behind her in an online petition that called on authorities to overturn her criminal charges. Yet to court went to court regardless, only for the judges to side with Valencya.

Following her acquittal, Valencya was visibly emotional in the courtroom. After the hearing, she went on to thank the general public and addressed the thousands of people who had signed the #SaveValencya online petition. 

“Without the support from the public, I can’t imagine what would’ve happened to me,” Valencya said, who also asked for the support and prayers so that she can carry on with her life with her children. 

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