Story By: Conor Sheils, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This Indonesian woman has been quizzed by cops for allegedly claiming that people on Brit holiday favourite Bali enjoy being sexually harassed.
The woman, identified online as ‘Lisa Marlina’ tweeted in July: “In Bali, there is no sexual harassment because people enjoy being harassed. They can easily channel their desire because prostitutes and prostitution are available in every corner, you just need a little fund. Of course no one will report it,”
The message sparked a furious backlash among many including Balinese designer Niluh Djelantik who was so incensed that she reported the woman to cops.
She was taken in for questioning by local police earlier this month before she was released yesterday.
“[She said] she wasn’t serious. She was just replying to someone else’s tweet, and had no intention to insult Bali. It was a reactionary response to a rude post she’d seen,” Gusti Ayu Putu Suinaci, who heads Bali Police’s cyber crime unit, told local media in a statement.
Meanwhile, police sources told local media that they are now waiting for a statement from the plaintiff, Niluh, and have also called in language experts to exam the tweet.
“We are still waiting for the experts’ statements before confirming the plaintiff’s report,” he added.
Bali is tourist hotspot popular with many British holidaymakers with thousands of Brits jetting off to the paradise isle each year.
The ViralTab page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.