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Police decide man touching woman's thigh on a bus wasn't harassment, for a ridiculous reason

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A man accused of harassing a young woman after touching her thigh on a bus, was eventually released from custody after police decided that he wasn’t guilty — because she was wearing long pants.

The incident occurred in Jatinegara, a suburb in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bus officer confirmed that the man even owned up to what he did, according to Coconuts Jakarta.  

But police don’t see it that way.

Bambang Edi, the head of criminal investigations for the Jatinegara police division, told Vivanews: “She was wearing long pants, and he happened to touch her thigh since they were sitting next to each other.” Read more…

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Indonesia’s Kejora announces first close of $80M fund for Southeast Asia

money cash money cash Indonesia-based early-stage investment firm Kejora has announced the first close of a second fund which is targeted at $80 million for investments in Southeast Asia. Kejora, which is known for its Ideabox accelerator program in Jakarta, has secured one-third of its target, with investment from LPs that include Indonesia’s Barito Pacific Group, Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Family… Read More

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Governor orders subway train redesign, because he thought it looked like a cricket

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Jakarta’s 9.6 million people will soon welcome the city’s first subway train system — but not before the trains get a design overhaul.

The reason? Governors thought the train looked “too much like a cricket.”

The city’s acting governor Sumarsono was reportedly dissatisfied with the insect-like face of the train. 

“When the contractors presented the design, around 90 percent of the people in the meeting said, ‘How did we end up with this design?’ No one remembered approving it,” he was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe. Read more…

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