An Indonesian teacher who raped 13 students sentenced a life prison

Indonesia-(Berberanews)-An Indonesian court has sentenced an Indonesian boarding school owner to life in prison for grooming and rapping 13 of his female students.

Since his case was made public last year, Herry Wirawan’s assault of females ages 11 to 16 has appalled Indonesians.

Wirawan, a religious teacher, had assaulted the girls and impregnated eight of them since 2016.

Prosecutors had requested the court to condemn him to death.

However, on Tuesday, a Bandung District Court bench ruled that the 36-year-old will be sentenced to life in prison.

They also rejected the prosecution’s request that Wirawan be subjected to chemical castration.

The years of abuse were only revealed after the parents of one of the victims realized their child was pregnant in May of last year.

Wirawan has been sexually abusing pupils since 2016, when he started his Islamic boarding school in Bandung, West Java, according to the court.

The girls were particularly vulnerable, according to the court, because they were separated from their family and unable to communicate with them on a daily basis. Their phones were taken away, and they were only allowed to visit their families once a year.

Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty, as well as chemical castration and compensation for the victims in the amount of $300 million rupiahs ($21,000).

Each victim will get up to 85 million Indonesian rupiahs ($5945; £4394) in compensation from the Indonesian government.