Police arrest a gang of grandmothers in Lombok
Today, while many members of Indonesia’s younger generation are involved in trading cryptocurrencies or trading stocks online, seniors indulge in card games that include, among other things, dominoes, Remi and “koa” and “Who is it.”
The game of cheki which is played nationwide has its roots in a card game popularized in the Minangkabau region of West Sumatra. A simple entertainment to pass the time, who is it is sometimes animated by small bets consisting of single cigarettes, cups of teh talua – a version of West Sumatran eggnog, or small amounts of cash.
A particularly popular game among women, who is it the games take place in simple cabins and garden pavilions in an atmosphere filled with laughter and communal gossip.
Either way, gambling is illegal under Indonesian laws.
Five grandmothers have been arrested by police after being arrested in Batu Mekar village, West Lombok, after being caught playing who is it in a gazebo on Thursday, April 07, 2022, during the month of Muslim fasting. Five grandmothers are currently in police custody, identified only by their initials, WK (75), NR (54), KS (57), WT (80) and IWU (81).
The leader of the Lingsar Police Station, Iptu Riski Merika, told the press on Friday, April 08, 2022, “After the police ‘raid’, the five women were immediately taken into custody on suspicion of having committed the gambling offence.”
The press reports that when the five aging players were arrested, they only managed to laugh and giggle as the police escorted them to jail.
“We have arrested the suspects with proof of their crime which includes playing cards and an amount of money,” police officer Iptu Riski Meirika said. The police also confiscated Rp. 64,000 in cash (about 4.50 USD).
During interrogation, the five women freely admitted that they were playing a game of who is itclaiming they were just having fun.
“Even though they were just having fun (iseng-iseng), what is game is game, ”retorted police officer Iptu Riski Meirika.
The women now sit behind bars awaiting a final decision from police on whether to refer their cases to state prosecutors who charge them under Section 303 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) a misdemeanor punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Yan Mangandar Putra, public defender of the Mataram University Faculty of Law, sent a whatsapp message on Saturday April 09, 2022, at BeritaBali.com that he had personally seen the five women on the second floor of the prison building having a meal. Saying he hoped the case could be settled through restorative justice, Yan Mangandar added, “It’s a shame that at their age (these women) have to be involved in the police.”
Claiming the women were involved in a victimless crime, he insisted that the final settlement of the case was entirely in the hands of the police.
the volunteer public defender specializing in children’s cases urged the police to finish the case with a simple fine or other moderate punishment.
“In the case of the gambling case committed by the grandmothers, he said that the police should implement restorative justice involving both religious leaders and community leaders where the perpetrators live,” said Yan Mangandar.
The women, all neighbors, are known to play who is it at their home. According to neighbors, women bet modest sums between Rp. 2,000 to Rp. 5,000 ($0.14 to $0.35).
Asked for further comment, Constable Meirika said the matter was still under investigation.
Meanwhile, audiences can sleep soundly knowing that all five grandmothers reside behind bars.