Indonesia sets up ethical council after 'swimming can cause pregnancy' blunder


Sitty Hikmawatty, the KPAI commissioner for health, narcotics and addictive substances made a controversial statement during an interview with tribunnews.com, saying that women should be careful about the risk of getting pregnant when swimming in public swimming pools with men. - Shutterstock

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has formed an ethical council following a controversial statement made by one of its commissioners claiming that women could get pregnant from swimming in the same pool as men.

According to a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, the ethical council consists of three figures, namely former Constitutional Court justice I Dewa Gede Palguna, former National Human Rights Commission commissioner and Press Council chairman Yoseph Adi Prasetyo and former Women and Children’s Empowerment Ministry secretary Ernanti Wahyurini.

They were appointed during a plenary meeting on Monday regarding the controversial statement made by Sitty Hikmawatty, the KPAI commissioner for health, narcotics and addictive substances.

“The ethical council will undertake its duty for one month, but this can be extended if deemed necessary. The commission will report regarding [the establishment of the council] to the President and House of Representatives leaders, ” KPAI chairman Susanto wrote in the statement.

Sitty made her remarks during an interview with tribunnews.com, saying that women should be careful about the risk of getting pregnant when swimming in public swimming pools with men.

“There is an especially strong type of male sperm that may cause [...] pregnancy in a swimming pool, ” Sitty said in the interview. “Even without penetration, men may become sexually excited [by women in the pool] and ejaculate, therefore causing a pregnancy.”

Her blunder was immediately met with a strong response from the public and medical practitioners.

The commission released a statement that Sitty’s controversial remark represented her own views and did not reflect the KPAI’s institutional values. The commissioner also publicly apologized on Sunday, saying that she had made an inaccurate statement. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Indonesia , council , ethical , swimming , pregnancy

   

Next In Regional

King presents letters of appointment to 21 judges
At least 68 killed in Nepal's worst air crash in 30 years (update)
Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits off west coast of Sumatra, no tsunami alert
Sabah's GRS-led govt collapses after BN withdraws support
Police determining authenticity of daredevil duo's Merdeka 118 video
Batang Kali landslide: Site not listed as critical slope, says Minerals and Geoscience Dept
Batang Kali landslide: 'I will be your son in the next life', says son in touching tribute to late mother
Tommy Thomas insisted that MACC prosecute Shahrir despite incomplete investigation, court told
Batang Kali landslide: We will not shirk responsibility, says campsite operator
Batang Kali landslide: Search temporarily halted due to continuous rain

Others Also Read