Indonesia’s President has been forced to personally intervene to sack the official who claimed women could get pregnant by swimming in a pool after she fought attempts to remove her from office.
Indonesian Child Protection Commission commissioner, Sitti Hikmawatty, said women should exercise caution when bathing in the same pool as men who could not help ejaculating at the sight of their bodies.
She was widely ridiculed when she said: “There is an especially strong type of male sperm that may cause […] pregnancy in a swimming pool.
“Even without penetration, men may become sexually excited [by women in the pool] and ejaculate, therefore causing a pregnancy.”
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In a further twist, she said that this was most likely to affect women who were currently sexually active and that male swimmers could ejaculate at the mere sight of a woman in the pool.
Earlier this week the National Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) where she worked announced that they wanted her sacked after making the KPAI and the country open to “condemnation and ridicule”.
The investigators also accused her of dishonesty in claiming that her statements were backed up by “scientific studies”.
When she refused to go, they were forced to appeal to President Joko Widodo, 58, who has now signed a decree on her immediate dismissal, saying she had been dishonourably discharged.
State Secretariat secretary Setya Utama confirmed the decree had been signed.
Sitti Hikmawatty said after her dismissal was confirmed that she accepted it, but she said she would appeal to the president to reconsider and to change his mind – saying it was exactly now that everybody needed to work together for the best interests of the country.
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