Lina Lutfiawati was given a two yr sentence over the video displaying her praying earlier than consuming crispy pork.
An Indonesian courtroom has jailed a girl for 2 years after she was discovered responsible of breaching the nation’s blasphemy legal guidelines in a TikTok meals video she posted in March.
The video confirmed Lina Lutfiawati reciting a Muslim prayer earlier than consuming some crispy pork pores and skin and shortly amassing hundreds of thousands of views.
Pork is taken into account ‘haram’, or not permissible, beneath Islamic regulation.
On Tuesday, the courtroom within the Indonesian metropolis of Palembang, on the southern a part of Sumatra island, discovered the 33-year-old intentionally “unfold info that was meant to incite hate or particular person/group enmity based mostly on faith” and ordered her to pay a tremendous of 250 million rupiah ($16,249.59).
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
The courtroom mentioned Lutfiawati, who additionally goes by the title Lina Mukherjee, recognized as a Muslim.
Lutfiawati issued a public apology for the video and expressed shock on the verdict.
“I do know that I’m unsuitable, however I didn’t count on this punishment,” Lutfiawati mentioned on the native information station MetroTV.
The case is the newest in plenty of blasphemy instances across the nation, largely towards these deemed to have insulted Islam, that analysts have mentioned undermine Indonesia’s status for moderation.
In August, the top of an Islamic boarding faculty that allowed women and men to hope alongside one another and ladies to turn out to be preachers was charged with blasphemy and hate speech.
Final yr, six folks have been arrested on blasphemy costs after a bar chain promoted free beer for patrons named Mohammed.
In 2019, Indonesia’s Supreme Courtroom upheld an 18-month jail sentence for an ethnic Chinese language Buddhist lady convicted of blasphemy over claims she mentioned a close-by mosque’s loudspeakers have been too loud.
Usman Hamid, government director of Amnesty Worldwide Indonesia, mentioned the blasphemy regulation was being abused to focus on minority teams and dissenters.
“It contravenes Indonesia’s worldwide obligations in relation to respect and safety for freedom of thought, conscience and faith or perception, freedom of opinion and expression,” he mentioned.
Jakarta’s former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly often known as Ahok and who’s a Christian, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2017 for blasphemy, on costs extensively seen as politically motivated.
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), a prime physique of Muslim leaders, advised the courtroom that Lutfiawati’s video was blasphemous towards Islam, in line with the courtroom doc.