An Indonesian man has been sentenced to two years in prison after he claimed that his ex-wife’s privates smelled like salted fish.
Indonesian soap opera star Galih Ginanjar has recently been sentenced to two years and four months in prison as he has been accused of humiliating his ex-wife by claiming that her genitalia smelled like “salted fish”.
In June 2019, the star appeared on a popular YouTube show which is hosted by TV personality Rey Utami. Throughout the show, Galih was asked questions about his personal life and he didn’t shy away from anything too intrusive, if anything, he wanted to share as much as possible.
During the interview, his marriage to Indonesian actress Fairuz A Rafiq – which ended in 2015 – was brought up. Galih discussed their sex life and said that usually, intercourse would last around fifteen minutes but her privates smelled of “salted fish”.
In response, the host began uncontrollably laughing yet naturally, this enraged Fairuz once she heard what had been said. Immediately, she filed a police report in which she stated there had been “immoral content”.
Last year, the star released a statement in which she said: “Those immoral words have badly hurt my heart as well as all Indonesian women, and they have brought great shame to my husband and my family.
“What made it hurt even more was that the [YouTube] account owners, Rey Utami and Benua, were laughing while spreading the immoral content, by encouraging everyone to subscribe and publish it as many times as possible to increase their subscriber count.”
The video in which Galih made the vulgar remarks about his ex-wife was taken down last summer. However, tons have copies have re-uploaded onto the platform and some have even received over three million views.
Since the disrespectful remarks have been made, Galih Ginanjar, Rey Utami and her husband Pablo Benua have all been charged. Under Indonesia’s Information and Electronic Transaction Act, there were argued to have crossed three alternative articles on immortality, humiliation and defamation.
Originally, the three defendants could have been risking up to six years in prison each. Yet several months after the police report, it was reported that they were all sentenced to much less prison time via teleconference.
Judge Agus Widodo sentenced Galih to two years and four months behind bars, whilst Utami received one year and four months, her husband then got one year and eight months. Despite the lowering of the sentence, the defendants’ attorneys have stated that they may consider appealing the sentences.
After the verdict was announced, Fairuz A Rafiq took to Instagram to applaud the outcome of the trial.
She wrote: “Lies can cover up the truth, but not eliminate it… it’s only a matter of time until the truth prevails… Allahu ‘akbar (Allah is greater [than everything]). Thank you, ya Allah.”