Bali Man Raped 14-Year-Old Girl, But His Sentence Was Reduced To Just 18 Months After Offering To MARRY His Victim
“Outrageous” doesn’t begin to cover this decision’s stupidity:
A child rapist in Bali who repeatedly attacked a 14-year-old girl, leaving her pregnant, has had his sentence reduced… because he offered to marry his victim.
Komang Aditya Pratama, 19, was jailed for just 18 months in Denpasar today despite being convicted of a crime that usually carries a prison term of up to 15 years.
He was arrested in February after the family of the girl, who is now seven months pregnant, reported him to police for raping her on several occasions last year.
But today judge Dewa Puspa Adnyana handed down the lenient sentence on account of his ‘goodwill offer': to marry the victim and ‘be responsible for the baby’ – a proposition that the girl’s family has rejected.
The judge also took into account the fact that he had no criminal record and had ‘promised not to repeat the offense.’
Rapists don’t have “goodwill.” Their promises are worth nothing. And while I’m against the death penalty, 15 years is hardly a punishment that matches the crime — and 18 months is barely a blip on the punishment radar.
It appears this family has a good head on its collective shoulders — the girl is bearing the child, and they rejected the marriage offer and the offer to have the guy help raise the child. But now the judge has decided to let this man have the rest of his life to continue abusing little girls. How awful.
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