In Indonesia, abortion is prohibited except in exceptional circumstances.

It’s a terrible story coming from Indonesia. A 15-year-old girl was sentenced to six months in prison. His wrong? Having aborted after being raped by his older brother. 

The fetus discovered

It is a recurring problem in Indonesia against which many activists are fighting. Too often, justice makes the victims of rape feel guilty. That’s what this 15-year-old girl has gone through. Raped by her older brother, she chose to abort. But in June, the fetus was found in a palm plantation near the village of Pulau. 

The girl was charged under the Child Protection Act for having aborted

explains Arif Budiman, spokesman for the Muara Bulian District Court. This is where the girl was sentenced Thursday after an in camera hearing. She was sentenced to six months in prison. His brother was sentenced to two years for sexual assault on a minor. The prosecutor initially required respectively one year and seven years of imprisonment. The young woman had been raped eight times by her older brother since last September. She was six months pregnant at the time of the abortion.

Indonesia’s legislation allows abortion only in cases where the woman is risking her life or in some cases of rape. It must be done by a professional.