Child crime, the convictions of ten boys aged under 16 for playing a gambling game in Tangerang.
Ten boys, aged 12 to 16, were arrested at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in late May after police claimed they were playing a coin-tossing game for a 1,000 rupiah (10 cents) prize and shining shoes without a license.
They were held in custody for a month and on July 27th were tried in a Tangerang court and found guilty of gambling, but received no punishment.
Some of the boys, required to wear fun masks at the trial, supposedly to hide their identities
While attending a function to mark World Childrens' Day on 2nd August in Jakarta vice president Jusuf Kalla said of the case
It's a dilemma. Whatever the reason children must not be allowed to get involved in gambling. They need to be watched over and guided away from such things.
While almost all commentators voiced similar sentiments, that handling the matter through the criminal justice system was not appropriate, presiding Judge Retno Pujiningtyas believed that convicting the boys of gambling was necessary to send them a stern message not to gamble again.