Indonesia Woman Jailed For TikTok Video Praying Before Eating Pork

An Indonesian court condemned a woman to two years in prison and fined her after she recited an Islamic prayer before eating pork in a viral TikTok video that sparked widespread outrage in the Muslim-majority country.

Lina Mukherjee, 33, was found guilty of “spreading information aimed at inciting hatred against religious individuals and specific groups” by a court in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Tuesday.

It happened after a resident reported Mukherjee in March for the viral video in which she said a Muslim prayer that translates as “in the name of God” before eating crispy hog skin.

Pork is forbidden under Islam, which is the dominant religion in Indonesia.

Mukherjee is a Muslim, and her acts were attacked by conservative groups, notably the Indonesian Ulema Council, the country’s main Muslim clerical body, which issued a judgement labeling the film disrespectful.

She was also fined 250 million rupiah ($16,200), and if she did not pay it, her sentence would be prolonged by three months.

This is the latest in a string of blasphemy cases in the country.

Last year, Indonesian police detained six people on blasphemy charges in connection with a bar chain’s free beer offer for customers called Mohammed.

Rights groups have long fought against legislation that they claim are regularly used to harm religious minorities.

In 2017, Jakarta’s ex-governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was imprisoned for over two years on blasphemy allegations.

Purnama, a Christian, was imprisoned for remarks he made on the campaign trail during his re-election effort that were deemed derogatory to Islam.

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