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‘Pesantren’ head reported to police for allegedly marrying 7-year-old girl

first_imgThe National Commission for Child Protection has reported 54-year-old convicted pedophile Pujiono Cahyo Widianto, better known as Syekh Puji, to the police for allegedly marrying a 7-year-old girl.“We have reported Syekh Puji to the Central Java Police in mid-March. He already committed a crime in 2008, and has repeated it again now,” claimed commission chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait on Thursday.Arist said that the Central Java Police should arrest Syekh Puji immediately. “Seven of Syekh Puji’s own relatives have taken issue with his actions and reported them to the police,” he said. “They witnessed his unregistered marriage [to the child] in 2018.”In 2009, Syekh Puji, who heads a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Semarang, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for marrying a 12-year-old, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp 300 million (US$ 18,000) as stipulated in the 2002 Child Protection Law.Arist said that because Syekh Puji was a repeat offender he should be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and chemical castration as stipulated in Law No. 35/2014 on Child Protection.Central Java Police spokesman Gr. Comm. Iskandar F. Sutisna confirmed that the police had received the report.“So far we have already questioned six witnesses. The medical examination result shows that there are no signs of sexual violence against the underaged girl in question. Our investigators are still conducting an investigation to determine if there are signs of a crime having taken place,” he said.Separately, Central Java Women’s Empowerment, Child Protection, and Family Planning Agency official Saptiwi Mumpuni said the agency could not take any action against Syekh Puji because it was still awaiting evidence for the police.“As far as we know, the child is still attending school. According to the information that we have received, the child has not suffered from any violence,” she said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Asthma link to premature births

first_img Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Asthma link to premature births by: – July 13, 2011 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img By Helen BriggsHealth editor, BBC News websitePregnant women with asthma need regular monitoringWomen with poorly-managed asthma have a higher chance of giving birth early or having a small baby, a review of evidence suggests.Experts in Australia and the US also found a link with other complications, including pre-eclampsia.They say women with asthma should be monitored at least monthly during their pregnancy.An asthma charity said mums-to-be should also eat a balanced diet and not smoke.The researchers looked at asthma studies involving more than a million pregnant women published between 1975 and 2009.They found women with asthma gave birth to babies weighing on average 93g (0.2lb) less than the babies of mothers without asthma.Having asthma increased a mother’s risk of pre-eclampsia by at least 50%, while risks of pre-term birth were increased by about 25%.Peter Gibson, of the Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases at the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle, Australia, is a co-researcher on the study.He said: “Some of the reported complications may be minimised by effective asthma management strategies and it is important that this group of women and her developing baby are monitored regularly.”Asthma medications themselves do not seem to have direct effects on the mother or baby during pregnancy, experts said in the study, published in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.The journal’s editor-in-chief Professor Philip Steer said the main message to pregnant women with asthma was to make sure their symptoms were managed properly.He said: “It’s important to optimise your treatment to lower your risk of a preterm birth or a small baby.”Support and adviceLeanne Metcalf, Assistant Director of Research at Asthma UK, said the research would help make healthcare professionals more aware of the importance of effective asthma management during pregnancy.“We encourage pregnant women who have asthma to be monitored regularly throughout their pregnancy and it is crucial that medical professionals are sympathetic to their concerns and provide the support and advice they need.“It is also important that all mums-to-be eat a healthy balanced diet and not smoke during pregnancy to give their baby the best possible chance of a healthy childhood.” 20 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more