The principal of an Islamic boarding school in Tangerang is vigorously denying allegations that he raped one of his teenage students. His defense: His “pet genie” did it.
A 15-year-old girl, identified only by the initials KHF, told Kompas.com that she was raped at the school last July. She said she had gone to the office of the principal, identified as HDN, to report that she was quitting the school’s student body.
But she claimed the principal changed the topic of conversation by saying that one of his genies had a crush on her. He reportedly promised that she would be given certain “metaphysical powers” if she agreed to have sex with the genie. The girl said she refused the offer but did not tell anyone about the encounter.
A few days later, on July 19, she said she had gone to the pantry and bumped into the principal. She said she had kissed his hand as a sign of respect and then began to feel disoriented. The next thing she remembered was waking up in the principal’s office, exhausted and with pain in her lower body.
The girl said she did not tell anyone about what had happened. Eventually, however, she confided in her mother, Khadijah, who was suspicious about her daughter’s growing stomach. Khadijah took her to the doctor and was told that her daughter was six months pregnant.
The principal has denied raping the girl and reportedly told her parents that his genie was responsible for the pregnancy. He said the genie must have been angry because it had not been fed for months. He is understood to have said the genie “borrowed” his body at the time of the rape.
In response, the girl’s family challenged him to take a DNA test. He agreed and said he was sure the test would reveal the true culprit, the girl’s mother said.
“When we confronted him at his house, he did not show any guilt at all. He wouldn’t admit that he had raped my daughter. He even alleged that she was pregnant by her boyfriend,” Khadijah told Kompas.com.
“My daughter is a quiet and naive girl, she doesn’t have a boyfriend. She doesn’t understand things like that.”
Khadijah and her husband reported the case to the Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI) in Jakarta, which in turn filed a complaint with the Jakarta Police.
“The PBHI reported the case to the Jakarta Police on January 11 and it is being investigated,” PBHI chairman Hendrik Sirait said. “We are waiting for more developments. The most important thing is that the perpetrator must be arrested as soon as possible.”