Fri, 11 Feb 2000

Rape incidence up in S. Sumatra

PALEMBANG, South Sumatra: Police on Thursday revealed that the number of reported rape cases in the province last year had seen a mild increase from 85 cases to 102.

Provincial Police spokesman Lt. Col. Sardjo Sadjad said the highest number of cases occurred in the vicinity of the provincial capital with 34.

Antara quoted him as saying that the age of the victims varied from just seven-years-old to 20, adding that most knew the perpetrators beforehand.

According to Sardjo, interrogations of the suspects revealed that they were driven to commit rape after witnessing erotic movies or because of a psychological disorder.