Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Daming Sanusi, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court, has fueled outrage in the predominantly Muslim country by suggesting that rape victims enjoy being violated
He made the comments in front of a parliamentary commission hearing to determine if he was a fit for the top court. In response to a question about whether the death penalty should be applied in rape cases, Daming said, "Consideration needs to be taken thoroughly for the imposition of death penalty for a rapist because in a rape case both the rapist and the victim enjoy it." Daming is not the first Indonesian official to make controversial comments about rape, highlighting the case of Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo, who said that women should avoid wearing miniskirts on public transport to avoid "any unwanted consequences."