Police report that many domestic violence cases happening in Manokwari, the capital city of West Papua province, were caused by the influence of liquor consumed by the perpetrators.
Manokwari Police Chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Johnny Eddizon Isir di Manokwari said police would regularly conduct raids for alcoholic drinks in order to lessen the high rate of domestic violence.
"Distribution of liquor has been banned by local bylaw. However, we encounter difficulties because drinking alcohol has deep roots in society," Eddizon said on Sunday, as quoted by Antara.
Without mentioning the actual number of domestic violence cases, he said banning the distribution of alcohol was not just a police duty and called on all parties, such as religious and customary leaders, to be involved.