Many domestic violence cases fail to proceed after being withdrawn by the women complainants

Many domestic violence cases fail to proceed after being withdrawn by the women complainants

Translation of item from Cenderawasih Pos
Abridged in translation by TAPOL

The police in Manokwari say that they have received a number of complaints of domestic violence but before they were able to go ahead with the cases, the complaints were withdrawn by the women in question.

He said that the women appear to be unhappy at the thought that this could land their husbands in jail, but once withdrawn, the police were not able to proceed with the case. In many cases, the complaints were about women being beaten by their husbands, but two or three days after investigations had begun, the complaint was withdrawn, making it impossible to proceed.

Data which had been sought independently showed that 80 percent of the cases were related to women and children being beaten.

The problem was, the police officer said, that the local culture regards women as being lower in status than men. It was this along with economic problems that triggered cases of domestic violence.