Police arrest alleged Bintaro rapist after social media post went viral

Police in South Tangerang arrested an alleged rapist over the weekend, almost a year since the sexual assault, off the back of a viral social media post by the victim detailing the allegations.

Indonesian shaman arrested for alleged sexual assault after inserting egg into customer’s private parts

Indonesian shaman arrested for alleged sexual assault after inserting egg into customer’s private parts

A shaman in East Java has been named a suspect for sexually assaulting his female customer under the guise of alternative treatment.

Singer Anji and ‘professor’ guest star in controversial YouTube video reported to police over COVID-19 cure claim

Singer Anji and ‘professor’ guest star in controversial YouTube video reported to police over COVID-19 cure claim

Indonesian singer Anji and the latest guest star on his online talk show, Hadi Pranoto, who claims to be a “professor” in microbiology, may face legal consequences for touting...

Authorities rescue macaques from abusive ‘topeng monyet’ trainer in Jakarta

Authorities rescue macaques from abusive ‘topeng monyet’ trainer in Jakarta

Topeng monyet — macaques that are forced to dance by street buskers for the amusement of crowds — have been banned in Jakarta since 2013 but a recent distressing video showing...

Small-time YouTuber faces police questioning over trash qurban ‘prank’

Small-time YouTuber faces police questioning over trash qurban ‘prank’

Police in Palembang, South Sumatra apprehended a YouTuber named Edo Putra after his recent “prank” video drew widespread outrage.

Jakarta man faces 6 years in prison for spreading Chinese army laundry hoax

Jakarta man faces 6 years in prison for spreading Chinese army laundry hoax

The North Jakarta Police have arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with a viral hoax video alleging that the Chinese army is invading Indonesia.

Owner of popular cell phone store under city arrest for allegedly selling illegal iPhones

Owner of popular cell phone store under city arrest for allegedly selling illegal iPhones

Putra Siregar, who owns popular cell phone store chain PS Store, has been charged for allegedly selling iPhones obtained from the black market and has been placed under city...

Alleged mentally unstable man stabs imam in Pekanbaru mosque 

Alleged mentally unstable man stabs imam in Pekanbaru mosque 

A man in Pekanbaru, Riau stabbed an imam at a mosque in the city yesterday evening, with police saying that the alleged culprit may be mentally unstable.

Man in West Jakarta allegedly assaults wife because he couldn’t wait for his salted fish

Man in West Jakarta allegedly assaults wife because he couldn’t wait for his salted fish

A man in his 20s allegedly assaulted his wife out of impatience, all because the victim couldn’t finish frying ikan asin, or salted fish, any sooner. 

Indonesian man threatens to blow up McDonald’s because he thought Italians created coronavirus

Indonesian man threatens to blow up McDonald’s because he thought Italians created coronavirus

Mamma mia! An Indonesian man has been arrested for threatening to blow up a McDonald’s restaurant, because he thought Italians were responsible for the abominations that are the...


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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.

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