Three women in Indonesia face jail sentences of up to five years if found guilty on charges of trying to convert children to Christianity. The case against Rebekka Zakaria, Ratna Mala Bangun and Ety Pangesti, stems from the trio’s involvement in a children’s holiday initiative -- Happy Week -- in West Java. The camp was organised for local Christian children, but allowed Muslim children to attend with parental consent and supervision.Posted by Ithildin at July 27, 2005 1:09 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE
The charges against the women was brought by the local chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics who alleged that the women enticed Muslim children to participate and also that they tried to convert the youngsters to Christianity. The women were arrested despite the fact that all children had full parental consent. None of the children changed religion and reportedly no complaints have been lodged by the children’s families.