In addition, many Indonesians are not aware of their legal and personal rights.“Many people know what is good and what they’re supposed to do, but they don’t know their rights,” Mariana said during a seminar on dating violence organized recently by the non-profit organization Yayasan Pulih at University of Indonesia (UI).
For same-sex couples, the relationship can bring more headaches.
A combination of factors drive the number of dating abuses up, among them the fact that friends do not intervene, Indonesia’s largely patriarchal society, and a legal system that does not side with the victims.
Komnas Perempuan Commissioner Mariana Amiruddin said violence in a relationship occurs because love is still perceived as possession in Indonesian culture.
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