Girl, 16, claims Java king fathered her son

Girl, 16, claims Java king fathered her son

The family of the girl who claims she was drugged and raped by Pakubuwono XIII, the king of Solo in Central Java, Indonesia, has named him in a police report made on Tuesday.

The report comes less than a week after she gave birth to a boy. She says the boy's father is the king.

It is expected to add pressure on the king to undergo a DNA test, Jakarta Globe reported. The test will determine whether he is the father of the child.

The victim, a 16-year-old student at a vocational high school in Solo, alleged that she was raped by the king in a hotel room while unconscious, after eating candy he gave her in a car.

She alleged that an acquaintance, known only as WT, told her that she would introduce her to the king for a job. Instead, she was "sold" to the king for two million rupiah (S$210), she claims.

Support for the investigation has been mounting. A petition on change.org collected 24,000 signatures as of Tuesday, the report said.

Sukoharjo Police chief Adj Sr Comr Andy Rifai said he has instructed a subordinate to request a blood sample from the king's doctor in Jakarta, suggesting a DNA test would be done.

Mr Iwan Pangka, the lawyer for the girl's family, said the report was expected to prompt police to summon the king for questioning.

Before the police report against the king, the family had only filed a report against WT for human trafficking. She is the woman allegedly acting on behalf of the king.

The Jakarta Globe reported that the police had summoned the king as a witness on many occasions.

But he has not been submitted to questioning, as he claims to have suffered a stroke.

A doctor claiming to treat the king recommended that police suspend the probe for around three months, pending the king's recovery.

TREATMENT

He is undergoing medical treatment in a hospital in Jakarta, according to reports.

"As we've reported him as a suspect now, there should be no excuse for him any more to evade police summonses for inquiries, including for his DNA sample to be taken," Jakarta Globe quoted Mr Iwan as saying.

"Unlike a witness, a suspect against whom a report has been filed cannot evade investigation."

Surakarta's Woman and Child Care Network criticised media reports for identifying the victim and her family by name and pictures.


This article was first published on Dec 4, 2014.
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