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Indonesia top court rejects woman appeal over boss’ lewd calls

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s apex curt has rejected an appeal of a woman against her sentence handed down for exposing her boss sexual harassment.

Baiq Nuril Maknun, a teacher on the island of Lombok, had complained of getting lewd phone calls from the principal of a high school where she worked seven years ago.

She had recorded some of the phone calls without the knowledge of the headteacher and had given a recording to a third person, and distributed it on an electronic device, which resulted in the principal losing his job.

The Supreme Court on Thursday found Maknun guilty of violating strict anti-pornography laws. It overturned her acquittal by a lower court and jailed her for six months.

She was also ordered to pay a fine of 500 million rupiah ($35,383). The court also dismissed the challenge from Maknun on Thursday saying she failed to produce new evidence.

The ruling was condemned by rights groups and supporters who established an online crowdfunding appeal to pay for her legal costs last year.

“We are concerned about the impact of this decision because it opens a door for perpetrators of sexual violence to criminalise victims,” said Ade Wahyudin, executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation for the Press.