Transgendered group wants no violence from officers

Published: February 23, 2011

Fed up with what they term as inhumane treatment from the city’s public order officers, a group for transgendered people have urged the city to stop using violence against them.

During a meeting with the Jakarta Public Order Agency head Efendy Anas, representatives of the Indonesian Transgendered People Communications Forum lashed out against violence wreaked against them which they said bordered on a violation of basic human rights.

“We’re holding talks on the arrests and raids against transgendered people that often involve violence,” forum chairperson Yulianus Rettoblaut said.

Yulianus, who is also known as Mamie Yulie, said that the forum received several complaints from transgendered people alleging violence at the hands of public order officers.

Yulianus also questioned the legality of some of the raids directed at transgendered people in the city.

“Many times the officers did not show us proper documents or they were in plainclothes. It was therefore easy for us to doubt the legitimacy of their actions,” he said.

Yulianus said some forum members did frequent the city’s red light districts or were involved in prostitution, which would justify a raid.

Among the red light districts were Taman Lawang in Central Jakarta, Prapanca and Setiabudi in South Jakarta, Jatinegara in East Jakarta and the Coca Cola junction in North Jakarta.

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