Student attempts suicide after being impregnated by poet

Student attempts suicide after being impregnated by poet

A university student tried to kill herself several times after learning that she had become pregnant as a result of a date-rape, allegedly perpetrated by noted poet Sitok Srengenge.

"Fortunately, her friends came at the right time to stop her from going through with the suicide," the girl's lawyer, Iwan Pangka, said as quoted by Kompas.com on Tuesday.

Iwan said that after several attempts, she decided to tell her friends about what Sitok, 48, had done to her.

She reported Sitok to the police on Friday for alleged sexual abuse. Iwan said that Sitok had given the 21-year-old student alcoholic drinks and intimidated her into having sex, which resulted in her pregnancy.

Sitok, a famous poet in the Salihara art community, said in a statement quoted by Tempo.co that the sexual intercourse was consensual.

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