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Tiktoker Lina Lutfiawati Jailed For Two Years Over Pork Video


Tiktoker Lina Lutfiawati Jailed For Two Years Over Pork Video

An Indonesian court has sentenced Lina Lutfiawati (aka Lina Mukherjee) to two years in jail for posting a viral TikTok video where she said an Islamic prayer before eating pork.

Lina Lutfiawati, 33, was found guilty of “inciting hatred” against religious individuals and groups.

She also faces a $16,245 (£13,155) fine. Her jail term may be extended by three months if she does not pay up.

Indonesian Tiktoker Lina Mukherjee, real name Lina Lutfiawati

It is the latest in a series of cases involving blasphemy laws in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

Lina Lutfiawati, who adopted the Indian name Lina Mukherjee due to her love of Bollywood movies, identifies as Muslim. The consumption of pork is strictly forbidden in Islam.

Indonesian Tiktoker Lina Mukherjee, real name Lina Lutfiawati
Lina Mukherjee, real name Lina Lutfiawati

The lifestyle influencer, who has more than two million TikTok followers, also runs a business in India.

In March, she posted a video where she uttered “Bismillah” – an Arabic prayer that means “in the name of God” – before eating crispy pork skin.

At the time, she was travelling in Bali, a tourist hotspot in Indonesia that, unlike the rest of the country, has a majority Hindu population. Ms Lutfiawati said she tried pork out of curiosity.

The video got millions of views and was widely criticised, prompting another Indonesian to report her to the police for “knowingly eating pork skin as a Muslim”.

Police charged Ms Lutfiawati in May for disseminating hateful information, saying it was an act of hostility over ethnicity, religion, and race.

Many conservative groups across the country also issued rulings calling the video blasphemous. They included the Ulema Council, Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body.

On Indonesian social media, the reaction to her jailing has so far been divided, with many praising the judge and calling her actions blasphemous. Others have criticised it.

Indonesian police last year arrested six people after a bar promoted free alcohol – prohibited in Islam – for customers named Mohammed.

In 2017, Jakarta’s former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was jailed for almost two years over remarks that were said to have insulted Islam

Source: BBC Indonesia

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