A teacher who r*ped 13 girls at an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia now faces the death penalty, a court has today said, after he had initially been sentenced to life in prison.
Herry Wirawan – who judges said sexually groomed 13 girls, aged between 12 and 16 years old and impregnated at least nine of his victims – was sentenced to life in jail in February but prosecutors who filed for the death penalty filed an appeal.
The shocking case has spotlighted the need to protect children from sexual violence in Indonesia’s religious boarding schools.
‘(We) hereby punish the defendant with the death penalty,’ the judge said in a statement on Monday posted on the Bandung High Court’s website.
Ira Mambo, Herry’s lawyer, declined to comment on whether there would be an appeal, citing a need to see the full ruling from the court.
A spokesperson for the local prosecutor’s office also said it would wait to receive the final ruling before commenting.
Between 2016 and 2021, Herry sexually groomed the 13 girls, who were between 12 and 16 years old, and impregnated eight of his victims, a judge said in February.
Indonesian officials, including the country’s child protection minister, had also backed calls for the death penalty, though the nation’s human rights commission, which opposes the death penalty, said it was not appropriate.