29 Apr '14, 4am

Sex abuse scandal at #Indonesia school sparks soul-searching

JAKARTA (AFP) - A sex abuse scandal at one of Indonesia's most prestigious international schools has sparked a heated debate about the failure to protect youngsters in the country and prompted calls for harsher punishments for paedophiles. Accusations that a six-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by cleaning staff at the nursery of the Jakarta International School, a favourite with the capital's expatriates and wealthy Indonesians, sparked widespread anger this month. A second child has since come forward claiming to have been assaulted at the nursery - which the government has now ordered to be closed - and the school has also disclosed it used to employ an American teacher who was suspected of being a prolific paedophile. The police have arrested six cleaners contracted from an outside company over the recent abuse accusations, one of whom has committed suicide, and the...

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