A Judge and An Old Lady Cassava Steal

In the courtroom, a judge is seated, listening, stunned, to the charges being read out by the Prosecutor against an old lady accused of stealing cassava in a plantation. The old lady defended her action on the basis of poverty, saying that her son was ill, and her grandchild was starving. But a man, the manager of the Company that owned the cassava plantation asserted that the charges would continue as an example for other people.

The Judge drew a long breath, and said, “Forgive, madam,” as he looked at the old lady.

“I cannot grant you exemption from the law, for the law is still the law, and you must be prosecuted. I sentence you with a fine of Rp.1 million, and if you are unable to pay the fine, you must face 2,5 years imprisonment, as the Prosecutor has charged.”

The old lady bowed her head listlessly, her heart shattered to pieces. But suddenly, the judge took off his toga hat, opened his wallet, took out Rp.1 million and put it in the hat as he spoke to the audience in the court room.

“In the name of the court, I also sentence every person in this room with Rp.50 thousand, for living in this area and letting a person starve to the point of having to steal to feed her grandchild.”

“Clerk, please collect the fine in my hat and then give all the proceeds to the defendant.”

Before the gavel was struck, the old lady had received monetary contributions in the sum of Rp 3,5 million and a portion of it was given to the court registrar to pay the fine, after which she returned to her home, her face glowing with happiness and gratitude because she was bringing home the remaining sum including the Rp 50 thousand paid by the Plantation Manager who filed the charges against her.

If only many more judges in Indonesia were as compassionate as this judge.
Source: Polres Sidoarjo (Resort Police of Sidoarjo)
Translated by Ibu Indra Blanquita Danudiningrat
From Article of "Hakim dan Nenek Pencuri Singkong"
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