Makassar. Police in South Sulawesi’s Gowa district arrested two Koran recital teachers on Wednesday for allegedly sodomizing an 8-year-old student.
The suspects, identified only as A.J. and A.H., are alleged to have been caught by a resident in the act of removing the boy’s trousers in their room on the second floor of a mosque on Tuesday night.
They were not reported or handed over to the police. Instead, residents waited until about 2 a.m. on Wednesday, when they rushed into the mosque, reportedly with the aim of handing out mob justice to the suspects.
The two teachers were able to flee the mob and ran to the nearest police station while being chased by the residents.
They were taken into protective custody by the police and later transferred to the Gowa Police headquarters, where they reportedly confessed to having sodomized the boy on at least six separate occasions.
Adj. Comr. Andry Lilikay, a police spokesman, said the teachers told officers that they had gotten the victim to comply by giving him money. “They said they offered him Rp 10,000 to do it each time,” he said.
Andry said that both men would be charged under the Criminal Code and the 2002 Law on Child Protection.
“Those charges carry a minimum prison sentence of 15 years,” he said.
The case mirrors another one earlier this month in the same province. In that case, an Islamic teacher was arrested in Bulukumba district for allegedly molesting a female student.
The teacher at a state junior high school was arrested on April 12 while trying to flee the area, after the girl’s father reportedly threatened to kill him.