Police arrest 2 for killing and decapitating dance teacher in E. Java

The East Java Police yesterday arrested two men suspected of the brutal murder of a 28-year-old dance teacher from the city of Kediri, Budi Hartanto, whose body was found shoved into a suitcase with his head missing.

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‘Netizens, please don’t judge us’: Girls deny assault accusations in #JusticeForAudrey case as police find no injuries on victim

‘Netizens, please don’t judge us’: Girls deny assault accusations in #JusticeForAudrey case as police find no injuries on victim

The #JusticeForAudrey assault case, which has dominated Indonesian headlines this week and resulted in millions of Indonesians signing a petition demanding the prosecution of 12...

3 million sign #JusticeForAudrey petition as police continue investigation into alleged abuse

3 million sign #JusticeForAudrey petition as police continue investigation into alleged abuse

An alleged case of abuse against a middle school student in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, continues to dominate the conversation on Indonesian social media today as police continue...

Indonesian police arrest 8 suspected of trafficking more than 1,000 domestic workers to Middle East and Africa

Indonesian police arrest 8 suspected of trafficking more than 1,000 domestic workers to Middle East and Africa

The National Police’s Crime Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) yesterday announced their capture of eight suspects in an alleged human trafficking scheme which they say smuggled...

#JusticeforAudrey: Indonesian middle schooler allegedly assaulted by 12 high school girls over Facebook comments

#JusticeforAudrey: Indonesian middle schooler allegedly assaulted by 12 high school girls over Facebook comments

A middle school student in the city of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, was allegedly assaulted by a dozen high school students in a case that has dominated conversation on social...

Police arrest man and woman for spreading hoax about election servers being rigged in Jokowi’s favor

Police arrest man and woman for spreading hoax about election servers being rigged in Jokowi’s favor

According to the conspiracy theory the two suspects supposedly spread, Indonesia's General Election Commission secretly has servers in Singapore that are already set to make sure...

Indonesia’s Supreme Court denies appeal from woman jailed for complaining about mosque’s loudspeaker

Indonesia’s Supreme Court denies appeal from woman jailed for complaining about mosque’s loudspeaker

Meliana will still have to serve out her original sentence of 18 months in prison

212 movement founder arrested on suspicion of US$136,500 Hajj pilgrimage scam

212 movement founder arrested on suspicion of US$136,500 Hajj pilgrimage scam

The Jakarta Metro Police yesterday arrested Bukhori Muslim — a cleric known as one of the founders of the Persaudaraan 212 (PA 212), an Islamist political advocacy group — for...

Decapitated body of dance teacher found inside luggage in E. Java, police suspect romantically-motivated murder

Decapitated body of dance teacher found inside luggage in E. Java, police suspect romantically-motivated murder

Locals in Blitar, East Java, made a gruesome discovery on Wednesday — the remains of a man who had been decapitated and shoved inside a black suitcase that was thrown under a...

KPK confiscates 84 boxes of cash totaling IDR8 billion for alleged buying of votes in legislative election

KPK confiscates 84 boxes of cash totaling IDR8 billion for alleged buying of votes in legislative election

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) yesterday uncovered what they allege to be a huge scheme to buy votes during next month’s legislative election while arresting House...


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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.