On Wednesday morning, hours before women’s-rights activists are set to hold a candlelight vigil opposite of the presidential palace, President Joko Widodo made a statement.
“We all mourn the tragic departure of YY,” he tweeted, using the victim’s initials.
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Authorities last week busted an online paedophile ring they said allegedly linked adult men to mostly teenage boys, and arrested three suspects.
Police said they discovered Grindr on one of the suspects’ i Pads, and believe he had used it to pimp boys.
“Arrest and punish the perpetrators as severely as possible.
Women and children have to be protected from violence.” Yuyun “is actually just one of 44 women and girls killed by men and boys in the first four months of 2016, but her case is certainly one of the most brutal,” says Kate Walton, a Jakarta-based women’s-rights activist who first brought Yuyun’s rape-murder to the attention of other feminists last weekend.
Her body was dumped at a rubber plantation and found two days later.
Police swiftly apprehended 12 of the 14 alleged perpetrators, which include her ex-boyfriend and two students from her school. As gruesome as it was, the news barely caused a blip in national media until feminist activists in Jakarta launched a social-media campaign.
She logs instances of Indonesian women killed by men, who are mostly their sexual partners.