New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

Police in Indonesia's most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a widening crackdown on the community in the Muslim-majority

Crime

Gruesome video of gang attacking random motorists goes viral, police: they just want to hurt people

Recently, a video showing an attack on random motorcyclists by a gang of thugs in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, went viral. In the video, the thugs appear to be wielding sharp weapons...

Gruesome video of gang attacking random motorists goes viral, police: they just want to hurt people

Police in Depok claim to have confiscated Superman ecstasy that can turn people into cannibals

Indonesian law enforcement have been known to exaggerate some claims when it comes to narcotics in order to whip up public support to fight Indonesia’s “drug emergency”...

Police in Depok claim to have confiscated Superman ecstasy that can turn people into cannibals

National Commission on Human Rights denounces police’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of those detained at ‘gay party’ in Jakarta

"Komnas HAM regrets the arrest of 144 people by North Jakarta Police at Atlantis Gym and Sauna for allegedly being involved prostitution, which was carried out through raids that...

National Commission on Human Rights denounces police’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of those detained at ‘gay party’ in Jakarta

Two men publicly caned in Indonesia for having gay sex

Cheers and applause went up from a crowd gathered outside a mosque in the city of Banda Aceh, capital of the conservative province of Aceh, as the masked men took turns to flog...

Two men publicly caned in Indonesia for having gay sex

Ahok’s wife tearfully reads his letter explaining decision not to appeal: ‘… for the good of our nation’

“Let us show that we believe God is sovereign and in control of every nation's history. We show that we are people who believe in God Almighty who loves his people, who will...

Ahok’s wife tearfully reads his letter explaining decision not to appeal: ‘… for the good of our nation’

Vice Governor-elect Sandiaga Uno undergoing questioning by KPK in relation to two corruption case today

The KPK’s head of public relations, Febri Diansyah, said Sandiaga was being questioned as witnesses in two cases of alleged corruption, specifically the construction of Udayana...

Vice Governor-elect Sandiaga Uno undergoing questioning by KPK in relation to two corruption case today

Ahok’s lawyers file blasphemy conviction appeal, UN steps up pressure to overturn controversial sentence

“We urge the government to overturn Mr. Purnama’s sentence on appeal or to extend to him whatever form of clemency may be available under Indonesian law so that he may be...

Ahok’s lawyers file blasphemy conviction appeal, UN steps up pressure to overturn controversial sentence

Japanese man held for smuggling hundreds of reptiles in Indonesia

A Japanese man has been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly trying to smuggle hundreds of reptiles out of the archipelago, including snakes, lizards and turtles, authorities and...

Japanese man held for smuggling hundreds of reptiles in Indonesia

Notorious serial rapist/murderer ‘Kolor Ijo’ (Green Underpants) gunned down after prison escape in Makassar

A man dubbed by locals in South Sulawesi as ‘Kolor Ijo’ (Green Underpants) was shot to death yesterday by police after he and two other inmates escaped from prison earlier...

Notorious serial rapist/murderer ‘Kolor Ijo’ (Green Underpants) gunned down after prison escape in Makassar

Coconuts Jakarta Crime

Jakarta may be a sprawling megatropolis, but its crime rate is surprisingly low, at least compared to some of the other huge cities in the world. Homicide, for one, is not that common in Jakarta. Homicides in Jakarta are, more often than not, carried out by sharp weapons instead of firearms due to the extreme lack of availability of guns. That said, there are rare occasions when homicides get especially nasty in Jakarta, such as ones involving bodily mutilation. Conversely, petty crimes are a lot more common in Indonesia. Pickpockets often lurk in public areas such as train stations and bus stops, and even on the trains and buses themselves. Above the level of pickpockets are motorcycle robbers, gangs who ride their motorcycles while targeting other motorists in dark, secluded areas so they can forcefully, and sometimes violently, steal other people’s vehicles (and money). Yet some of the most heinous criminals in Jakarta are the ones who commit sexual violence on women and children. While sexual violence is not reported on a daily basis in Jakarta, it’s still a common crime that occurs more in the city’s less privileged communities. But, arguably, the root cause of all of the above crimes are those that create awful living conditions in Jakarta in the first place: white collar criminals. Indonesia is notorious for having corrupt officials in government, and it’s no surprise that many of them are living in Jakarta considering that it’s the capital city of Indonesia.