Need to uphold public wish, ratify sexual violence bill: official

Internal Affairs

Deputy Head of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Lestari Moerdijat has said that the public’s wish for the ratification of the Sexual Violence Crime Bill must be fulfilled promptly.

“In the midst of the discussion on Sexual Violence Crime Bill by the House of Representatives and the government arises the public’s desire for the immediate birth of the regulation, which can offer protection against threats of sexual violence, according to a survey on last February,” Moerdijat said in a written statement here on Tuesday.

She cited data from the Indonesian Politic Indicator survey, conducted from February 11 to 21, 2022, which showed that a majority or 65.3 percent of citizens supported the prompt ratification of the sexual violence bill.

She opined that the public’s wishes must be responded to wisely by stipulating the bill, which answers the people’s concerns, without delay.

She said she expected the bill’s legislation process, which is currently ongoing, to lead to the bill being ratified as actual law at the next plenary meeting.

“Moreover, the discussion on substantial matters at the committee of the Sexual Violence Crime Bill last week was largely agreed upon,” she added.

Moerdijat said that she expected the members of the Committee for the Sexual Violence Crime Bill to have the same enthusiasm for promptly finalizing the much-anticipated law, despite their belonging to different political parties.

This is because a satisfactory legislative process is a part of the House’s efforts to improve work performance, which the public has deemed as still less-than-ideal, she remarked.

“Generally, the finalization of the review of several drafts of laws that are included in the National Legislation Program must be carefully planned, so that the laws that are able to meet people’s expectations can be realized immediately,” she said.

Source: Antara News